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Man runs across Maple Road to get away from suspect wielding pry bar

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 18, 2020

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TROY — Charges are pending for a man police say struck an employee of an auto body shop with a pry bar, then chased him across Maple Road at 6 a.m. March 15.

According to the police report, an employee of an auto body shop on Axtell Drive, near Maple Road and Coolidge Highway, who was working overnight in the shop, heard someone banging on a door and trying to enter the business.

As the employee was trying to lock the doors, a 33-year-old man unknown to the employee entered the business, according to the police report.

Police said the employee, in fear for his safety due to the break-in and the subject’s erratic behavior, armed himself with a pipe. The man reportedly advanced on the employee, and the employee struck the subject with the pipe in the head and knees, with the intent of forcing the subject to back off.

The suspect picked up a pry bar and continued to advance on the employee, striking him in the arm with the pry bar, according to police.

The employee said he ran out the business, yelling for someone to call the police. The suspect chased the employee and followed him as he ran across a parking lot and Maple Road, police said.

Witnesses called police, and officers found the employee running from the subject in a parking lot at the southeast corner of Coolidge Highway and Maple Road, according to police. Officers said they gave repeated verbal commands for the man to drop the pry bar, and he eventually complied.

The man reportedly made several unintelligible statements about people breaking into cars. Police determined that he had driven from his residence in Clarkston and, for an unknown reason, stopped at a gym located at the northeast corner of Coolidge Highway and Maple Road, according to the police report. Police said the man said that he ended up at the body shop because he was following someone who was breaking into cars.

He was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, by paramedics, accompanied by officers. Police said he was uncooperative with paramedics and hospital staff.

The cause of the subject’s erratic behavior is unknown at this time.

Police said they continue to investigate, and charges are pending.