Michigan man faces charges for alleged drug deal turned violent

A Michigan man faces several charges after a supposed drug deal on Nov. 16 allegedly turned violent. According to police, the incident started at a party store on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Police believe that the 58-year-old accused man met a 23-year-old man at the store. The two were said to have gone outside to the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Spencer Street NE. There, the younger man reportedly intended to buy a small amount of marijuana from the accused.

Police say that the alleged drug deal soon escalated. According to authorities, the accused demanded all of the other man's money. When the other man refused, the accused reportedly pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the man in the back three times. The injured party was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, and the accused was taken into custody about a block away. Authorities say that they found the knife used in the alleged assault.

The accused faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and with armed robbery. He may also face charges for violating parole. The accused was reportedly released in April after serving time for a number of theft charges and other crimes. Authorities say he absconded parole in September. He was being held in Kent County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled for a Dec. 1 probable cause hearing in district court.

Unless there are witnesses to the incident, it may be difficult to know with any certainty what actually happened between these two men. It is possible that certain actions may have been in self-defense. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from the aid of a criminal defense attorney when presenting a case.

Source: MLive, " Man charged in Grand Rapids stabbing, armed robbery that stemmed from drug deal", Angie Jackson, November 18, 2014