Alleged anti-American talk causes man to brandish gun

Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – A 54-year-old Allen Park man was released on a $5,000 bond after reportedly pointing a gun at a man who was allegedly speaking Arabic outside his door.

David Gillespie was arraigned in 24th District Court before Judge John Courtright for brandishing a firearm in public. He is expected back in court at 9 a.m. April 18 for a preliminary hearing.

The victim called police to an apartment building at 162 Cleophus Ave. on March 29 around 7 p.m. When police arrived, the victim wouldn’t come out of his apartment and spoke to police via his upstairs balcony.

Authorities made contact with Gillespie who said he was in his apartment and heard an Arabic voice speaking outside his door and making anti-American statements in Arabic; however, when police asked if Gillespie understood Arabic, he said he didn’t.

Police said Gillespie smelled of intoxicants.

Authorities confiscated a handgun, shells and holster from Gillespie’s kitchen table. He was arrested for felonious assault.

Gillespie reportedly told police he pointed the gun at the man, but didn’t plan to shoot him. He said he only told the man he needed to be nice.

When police spoke with the victim, he said he walked upstairs and the suspect followed him pointing a gun at him approximately eight feet away. The victim said he was in fear for his life.

Based on witness statements, Gillespie was arrested for felonious assault and held in Dearborn without bond. Gillespie’s blood alcohol was .23, three times the legal limit in Michigan of .08.

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