Harrison Township man chases neighbor with hatchet
By Julie Snyder
April 30, 2013
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — A 27-year-old Harrison Township man was behind bars after he went after his neighbor with a hatchet early in the morning of April 30, Macomb County Sheriff’s officials say.
Brett Jones was arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township later that day on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to police, Jones was heavily intoxicated when the assault occurred just after midnight.
According to the victim, a 36-year-old Port Huron Township man, he arrived home on Hickler Lane from work at around 12:30 a.m. and he was confronted by his neighbor, Jones, who was clearly intoxicated.
According to an independent witness, Jones was drinking at a nearby bar when someone had thrown a rock through the windshield of his car. As he was describing the damage to his girlfriend back at his home, the victim pulled up and the intoxicated man concluded that the victim was the person who had damaged his vehicle.
He then grabbed a “hammer-sized” hatchet and began chasing the victim.
“The victim mistook it for a hammer,” said Lt. John Michalke.
The victim told deputies that Jones chased him with the hatchet raised over his head.
The victim got back into his car and drove away, with Jones following in his vehicle. The police report states that a short automobile chase ensued before the two men returned to their respective residences. It was at that time the victim contacted police.
The victim told deputies that he did not damage Jones’ car and said he had no idea why he was being chased. No one was injured in the incident.
Jones’ bond was set at $3,000 cash or surety, 10 percent.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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