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Judge grants second adjournment of carjacking case

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 26, 2016

 Defendant Michael Garrett, who is charged with carjacking and assaulting and/or obstructing a police officer, appears in the 42-1 District Court in Romeo Jan. 26.

Defendant Michael Garrett, who is charged with carjacking and assaulting and/or obstructing a police officer, appears in the 42-1 District Court in Romeo Jan. 26.

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On Jan. 26, Judge Denis LeDuc, of the 42-1 District Court in Romeo, granted a motion from the prosecution to adjourn the preliminary examination of a 30-year-old Pontiac man charged with carjacking and assaulting and/or obstructing a police officer.

LeDuc also adjourned a Jan. 12 probable cause hearing for defendant Michael Garrett because the prosecution and defense were in agreement to adjourn, given that the key witness was out of state.

On Jan. 12, defense attorney R. Timothy Kohler said he hoped to hear testimony from police officers Jan. 26, since the key witness would still be out of town. On Jan. 26, Kohler said he was willing to adjourn the case as a matter of courtesy to the prosecution.

“I know I can argue the prosecutor’s request,” Kohler told LeDuc Jan. 26. “The prosecutor says the witnesses are currently out of the state of Michigan and will be back on the first of February.”

After making sure Garrett understood and agreed with the adjournment, LeDuc rescheduled Garrett’s preliminary examination for 9 a.m. Feb. 9.

At approximately 11 a.m. Jan. 2, Garrett allegedly demanded money from a 78-year-old Washington Township man at knifepoint at the Macomb Orchard Trail, near West Road and Van Dyke Avenue. The Washington Township man told police that because he did not have any money, he handed over his cellphone and the keys to his 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Police said Garrett loaded a bicycle into the rear of the truck and drove away, dropping his knife as he left. Police said the Washington Township man flagged down a 46-year-old Washington Township woman, who pursued Garrett with the Washington Township man in her vehicle.

They reportedly found Garrett standing outside the truck on a side street, and police said the woman confronted Garrett, who then handed her the keys and phone. Police said Garrett grabbed the bicycle out of the truck and headed for the trail.

After a search that included K-9 and aviation units, Garrett was spotted running from the rear of a home, police said, and a foot chase ensued. A Shelby Township police officer took the suspect into custody.

Garrett remains lodged in the Macomb County Jail. According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, he is a parole absconder from the Oakland-Pontiac Parole Office.

Kohler told C & G Newspapers that he expects LeDuc to bind over the case to the Macomb County Circuit Court. Kohler said it was not evident whether Garrett had a knife on his person and if he took the vehicle by force. Kohler said his goal is to reduce the charges against his client. Carjacking carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison.

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