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Man Assaulted in Street Fight; $100 of Nickels Stolen

The following information was provided by the West Bloomfield Township Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Among the highlights of reports Jan. 31-Feb. 7:

Man assaulted in street brawl

An 18-year-old West Bloomfield man was assaulted at the intersection of Willow and Lochaven roads on Feb. 6, Lt. Tim Diamond said. 

The man had been driving south on Lochaven, just past Greer Road, at 3:39 p.m. when he approached a vehicle in front of him occupied by two men who were later arrested and cited in the brawl, Diamond said. The driver of the vehicle in front of the victim, a 20-year-old Orchard Lake Village man, would accelerate and then brake sharply for no apparent reason, Diamond said, before the victim's vehicle passed that of the suspects. The suspects' vehicle subsequently began tailgating the victim, Diamond said.

At the intersection, the victim stopped his vehicle and the passenger in the suspects' vehicle, a 21-year-old Sterling Heights man, climbed out and began to beat the victim's car with his fists, according to Diamond. The victim got out of his vehicle and ran toward one behind him, asking the driver of that vehicle to call the police, when he was assaulted by the two men.

The victim was beaten with fists and feet to the face, ultimately resulting in scrapes and swelling, but he didn't need medical attention, Diamond said. An off-duty Keego Harbor police officer spotted the violence, pulled over and separated the three men, according to Diamond.

The two suspects were cited for assault and battery and the Orchard Lake Village resident was cited for reckless driving, Diamond said. They were released that night on $100 bond each. Police are withholding their names until arraignment.

"It sounds like the suspects were antagonizing the guy by their driving behavior and it doesn't appear the victim did anything to instigate this event," Diamond said. 

$100 worth of nickels stolen

West Bloomfield Police detectives are investigating an incident in which eight boxes filled with $100 worth of nickels were reported stolen from a closed garage on the 6200 block of Wood Pond sometime between Feb. 5-6, Diamond said.

The person who filed the report could not find signs of forced entry and did not know the time that the incident could have occurred.

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