Man arraigned in dispute at Campus Village
November 23, 2009 —
A 19-year-old Ann Arbor man was arraigned Friday on 10 criminal charges in a domestic dispute at Campus Village Communities that resulted in an armed standoff.
Authorities said Michael Henry, who is not an SVSU student, and his girlfriend engaged in an argument that began in her apartment and escalated into the parking lot Tuesday, Nov. 17.
The Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department responded at building 2215 around 10:30 p.m., assisted by University Police and Carrollton Township Police.
Authorities said Henry physically assaulted the SVSU student and pulled a 9 mm pistol on her.
The victim was able to get away and call police. Henry locked himself inside the victim’s apartment and refused to come out.
Law officers surrounded the building and said Henry emerged unarmed about 90 minutes later.
Deputies seized a weapon, a military-grade bulletproof vest and a quantity of marijuana.
Charges brought against Henry include domestic violence, assault with a dangerous weapon (felonious assault), extortion, weapons felony firearm and controlled substance delivery manufacture of marijuana.
A Campus Village resident who did not wish to be identified said he watched the standoff unfold from his second-floor balcony.
“I tried to go to a friend’s to print some stuff and the police told me to go back inside,” he said. “The cops were all over the place, trying to get the guy to open the door. There were German Shepherds all around, too. I thought they were drug dogs.”
From his viewpoint, the resident saw police equipped with rifles hiding behind cars around the victims first floor apartment door.
“There were about five [police] cars at first, but then they moved them to the back and hid behind other cars.”
Other residents gathered in the stairways to observe as the standoff progressed, the resident said.
Campus Village Communities declined to comment.
Property Manager Thomas Smith delivered a note to all residents Wednesday, Nov. 18, stating that “In order to assure the safety of the residents, the authorities began taking the necessary measures not knowing all of the details.”
Anyone who witnessed the assault is asked to contact Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sergeant Randy Pfau at 790-5450.