2018-02-11 / Police Beat

Bond set at $100,000 for knife-wielding suspect

Craig Caudill Craig Caudill LAPEER — A Dearborn man accused of fending off loss prevention staff at the Meijer store on DeMille Road Sunday (Feb. 4) with a knife and scuffling with Lapeer Police is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Craig A. Caudill, 47, was arraigned Tuesday in front of Magistrate Gregory Wise on two counts of armed robbery, four counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer and on a failure to appear bench warrant stemming from an Oct. 14 incident that saw him charged with two counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer and domestic violence.

He’s due back in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 16, with his court-appointed attorney, Raymond Mashni, for a probable cause hearing.

Det./Sgt. Craig Gormley said Caudill was confronted by three loss prevention staffers at the Meijer store as he reportedly tried to leave with a bottle of alcohol worth less than $20. He said the employees backed off when the man threatened them with a switch blade.

Officer Dan Smith found a man matching the suspect’s description walking behind the McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street a short time later. Gormley said when the suspect refused to comply with Smith’s orders, Smith tased him. Gormley said there was a struggle and both men received minor injuries.

Smith was treated and released at McLaren Lapeer Region and was back at work the next day. The suspect was treated and taken to jail.

Smith recovered a switchblade and a bottle of alcohol.

Conviction on armed robbery carries a penalty of between 20 and 40 years in prison.

— Phil Foley

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