Traverse City News and Events

Domestic Violence Arrest Turns Ugly

By Patrick Sullivan | Dec. 4, 2018

Traverse City police were called to a house on the 800 block of East Front Street about a man attempting to break into a home through a window.

When officers arrived Sunday at 1pm, they found five witnesses who each said that the suspect trying to get into the house had slapped his girlfriend in the face several times and then had been asked to leave, says TCPD Chief Jeffrey O’Brien.

Officers arrested the suspect, a 34-year-old TC man, on suspicion of domestic violence and being drunk and disorderly. They also arrested the girlfriend, a 31-year-old TC woman, because she was out on bond on a domestic violence charge and was not supposed to have contact with her boyfriend.

During the arrest, the suspect at one point bolted from police toward his girlfriend and needed to be tackled and placed into the patrol car, O’Brien says. That likely will get the man charged also with resisting arrest.

Everyone involved in the case, including suspects and witnesses, had been drinking, O’Brien says.

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