Man who broke into police parking lot armed arraigned

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The 50-year-old man who was captured by police after breaking into the Dearborn Police Department’s vehicle lot on Sept. 7 waved his right to a preliminary examination of the evidence against him and will face charges in both the 19th District and 3rd Circuit courts.

Michael Pierce Ferriter of Inkster was arraigned Sept. 26 in 19th District Court before Judge Mark Somers on charges of possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and trespassing after allegedly sneaking into the police parking lot with a loaded rifle. Bond was set on both charges at $101,000 cash with a GPS tether upon release.

After the arraignment, Ferriter was bound over to the 3rd Circuit Court, where he will stand trial for the loaded firearm charge. He will return to face the trespassing charge in 19th District Court on Dec. 11.

On Sept. 7, a man watching trains with his son at the Amtrak train station notified police after observing suspicious behavior by a man at the entrance to the police parking lot. The train station is behind the Dearborn Police Department and the 19th District Courthouse.

The witness told police that he observed the man looking through the gate of the lot before circling the property in his car. The lot is connected to the police station on the west side of the building and is locked unless police vehicles are entering or exiting.

The witness said that he observed the man circling the lot and returning to the gate. The man then parked his vehicle and opened his trunk, pulling a long object out of it before approaching the fence and crawling under it.

The witness then called 911.

Officers responded to the area and located the man under a police vehicle with the package nearby. They apprehended the man without incident.

They then searched the package, which was a Winchester 30-30 caliber rifle concealed in a green shirt. The rifle was loaded.

The man was arrested and transported to Oakwood Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad commended both the officers and the witness for their work to bring a peaceful end to the incident. He said he was proud of the officers for their quick response and restraint and that “the citizen helped avert a tragedy by quickly calling 911 and getting involved in the situation.”

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