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Man Arrested After Threatening Hotel Employee With Knife

By Beth Milligan | June 13, 2022

A 36-year-old man was arrested at an East Bay Township hotel Monday after threatening an employee with a knife.

According to the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office, which did not release the name of the hotel, Central Dispatch received a call from a hotel employee at approximately 6am. A guest was allegedly upset and wanted food and began arguing with the employee, then threatened the staff member with a knife. The guest also asked the employee for money. After that, the guest left the hotel desk area and returned to his room.

Sheriff’s Office crisis negotiators arrived at the hotel and attempted to contact the suspect by phone, as well as by calling to him outside the door of his hotel room. The Sheriff's Office then obtained a search warrant and entered the room. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Munson Medical Center for medical clearance. The hotel employee was not injured in the incident, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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