Traverse City Police arrested suspects in two separate instances on State Street in downtown TC over the past several days. The first, which occurred around 7pm last Thursday near the intersection with Union Street, involved four teenagers who were playing haki sak near Hannah Park when they were approached by three suspects. One of the suspects challenged the victims to a fight, while another attempted to strike one of the victims. The suspect then kicked a dog one of the victims had with him. The suspects were located a short distance away. The suspect that attempted the punch and kicked the dog was identified as a 25 year-old man from Peshawbestown; he was arrested for assault.
In the other incident, which happened late Sunday night, officers arrested a suspect for felonious assault after an incident in the 600 block of East State. Four victims, two males and two females in their early 20s, were walking when they were confronted by a male suspect who had crossed the street and approached from behind, yelling, “I am ready to roll” and “it’s on.” The suspect then pulled out a shiny object from his pocket and pointed it at the victims. One of the victims threatened to spray pepper spray at the suspect while another called 911.
The suspect, a 31 year-old Traverse City man, was arrested for felonious assault. A pocket knife was located on his person. He has a lengthy criminal history with several felony crimes.