Ferndale man arrested for allegedly holding knife to fiancée’s throat

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published July 22, 2019

 Robert Furwa

Robert Furwa

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale man was arrested after he allegedly held a knife near the throat of his fiancée.

Police arrested Robert Furwa at 12:30 a.m. July 6 in the 400 block of Academy Street after his fiancée, a 40-year-old Ferndale woman, called the police on him.

Sgt. Baron Brown said the incident started at 11:30 p.m. July 5. According to police reports, the woman told officers that Furwa had been drinking all day and abusing his prescription medications.

Around that time, Furwa, 41, allegedly indicated to his fiancée that he wanted her to submit to some “intimate physical contact,” Brown said.

“She refused,” he said. “She left the room. He followed her, asked her again. She refused again, and then he pulled out a knife — kitchen knife — held it near her throat in a menacing, threatening way because she refused.”

Brown said the woman was able to grab the knife away from Furwa and headed into the kitchen to call the police. Once Furwa saw that she was calling the authorities, he ran out of the house, police said.

Police arrived on the scene to talk to the woman and search for Furwa, whom they initially weren’t able to locate. Brown said that an hour after the initial incident, police were called again by the woman because Furwa had returned to the home.

“The victim called us again and said that he was back, but that he had ran when he saw that she was calling us,” he said. “We located him a few houses down, hiding in a backyard.”

Furwa was charged with felonious assault, according to the Ferndale 43rd District Court. He is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 bond, cash or surety.

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