Assault at Art Fair

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A 25-year-old Wyandotte man ended up in the hospital after a 24-year-old Taylor man, who was later arrested, allegedly reacted violently to the man’s verbal objections to him shoving a woman.

The drama began about 10:30 p.m. July 11 near Biddle Avenue and Elm Street during the Street Art Fair. The 25-year-old man and a 23-year-old women, both from Wyandotte, were leaving the fair when when they saw the Taylor man push an unidentified woman, believed to be his girlfriend.

The Wyandotte man verbally objected to the behavior, upon which the Taylor man turned and punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground. The Taylor man then got on top of the Wyandotte man, punching him in the face several more times.

The Wyandotte woman then hit the Taylor man in the face with her keys. The Taylor man then stood up, pushed her to the ground, and slapped her in the face before returning to the Wyandotte man, whom he punched several more times in the face before fleeing south on Biddle.

The Taylor man, who was wearing a grey-blue shirt and camouflage-colored shorts, was followed by two witnesses — a man and a woman — as he fled. The witnesses flagged down police and pointed out the fleeing suspect, who was then near the fountain on the southwest corner of Biddle and Eureka.

When the Taylor man saw the officers, he turned around and walked aggressively toward them, shouting profanities. Officers observed blood on both his face and hands.

The Taylor man admitted to fighting with the Wyandotte man near Biddle and Elm. He was then handcuffed and placed in the rear of a patrol vehicle, and was taken to the Wyandotte police station, where he was booked, photographed, fingerprinted and held.

A preliminary breath test was administered, and the man had a blood-alcohol content of 0.094, which exceeds the 0.08 limit for legally drunk in Michigan.

Police officers found the Wyandotte man lying on the ground near Biddle and Elm, bleeding from his face and neck. Wyandotte Fire Rescue personnel transported him to Wyandotte Henry Ford Hospital.

The Wyandotte woman and the other two witnesses made statements at the station, after which the woman’s injuries were photographed and the images filed with the report.

When officers went to the emergency room to follow up with the man’s injuries, he was heavily sedated and unable to make a statement. The attending physician said he had a broken nose and a corneal abrasion, and would undergo further testing to determine the full extent of his injuries. Officers recorded his injuries with photos for their report.

The Taylor man, who was placed in a holding cell, and was charged with felonious assault, assault and battery, and disorderly conduct.

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