Ypsilanti Citizen Police Sidetrack

Residents robbed after moving away
By Mark Tower
Jun. 7, 2010   ·   11:06 a.m.

Ypsilanti Police officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the 700 block of West Clark Road in Ypsilanti.

The robbery happened...read more

Victim hospitalized after mugging
By Mark Tower
Jun. 6, 2010   ·   9:24 a.m.

A 45-year-old man was hospitalized early Friday morning after being assaulted and robbed on the 500 block of West Cross Street in Ypsilanti, according to a report...read more

Eight cited for violating curfew
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   7:13 p.m.

Eight juveniles were cited Thursday night during an operation by Ypsilanti Police officers enforcing the city's curfew ordinance, which forbids anyone under the...read more

Young bicyclist robbed at gun-point
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   5:57 p.m.

A 15-year-old male told Washtenaw County Sheriff Office deputies he was knocked off his bicycle at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday by two men, one armed with a handgun who then...read more

Township man shot during burglary
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   1:50 p.m.

A 21-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries early this morning after being shot in the back during an attempted...read more

Man accused of kidnapping, assault arraigned

Ypsilanti Township resident Melvin Farmer, 67, was issued a $10,000 bond during his arraignment Monday, where he was charged with aggravated assault. Police said he assaulted a woman he attempted to kidnap Sunday. Photo by Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Ypsilanti Township resident Melvin Farmer, 67, was issued a $10,000 bond during his arraignment Monday, where he was charged with aggravated assault. Police said he assaulted a woman he attempted to kidnap Sunday.
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67-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident issued $10,000 bond

By Dan DuChene
Nov. 17, 2009    ·    9:25 a.m.


The Ypsilanti Township man who police accused of assaulting and attempting to kidnap a 35-year-old woman Sunday was charged with aggravated assault at his arraignment.

Melvin Farmer, 67, was issued a $10,000, 10 percent bond at his arraignment Monday. He was arrested in his home Sunday, after he allegedly fled the scene where police said he assaulted the woman while trying to get her back in his van.

According to a release sent by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Monday, the victim received minor injuries after jumping from Farmer’s moving vehicle and being subsequently assaulted.

The release said the two had met earlier in the day Sunday. It said the two “spent most of the day together just driving around.”

When the victim asked to be dropped off later in the evening, police said Farmer refused to let her out of his van.

“The victim jumped out of the car while it was traveling down the road,” the report said.

After she leapt from the vehicle, police said Farmer then stopped his vehicle and assaulted her as he tried to pull her back into his van.

The report said Farmer fled the scene when a third party approached his vehicle.

After responding to the incident at 8 p.m., deputies located Farmer in his home, where he was arrested and transported to the Washtenaw County Jail.

Farmer has a pre-trial scheduled for later this month.

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