Suspect in assault that led to standoff is charged

GRAND RAPIDS - A 45-year-old Grand Rapids man is in the Kent County jail facing multiple charges after causing a 5-hour standoff with police.  

Tom Chehowski was arraigned in 61st District Court Thursday morning.  He is charged with four felonies, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and two counts of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Tuesday evening police were called to a home on Van Buren Ave. NW near 6th St. on a report of a domestic dispute.  Investigators say when officers arrived they made contact with the couple, and saw Chehowski with a knife.  They say he refused to drop it and went into the home.

Officers then escorted the woman out of the house and set up a perimeter.  Police notified neighbors of the situation and gave them the option to evacuate.  After more than five hours officers entered the house, but the suspect was already gone.

Chehowski was arrested at 3:50 a.m., Thursday, October 19, after he was seen riding a bike on Garfield Av NW.   He was Tased during the arrest after officers say he resisted arrest.

Chehowski’s remains in the Kent County Jail on a $50,000 bond, his preliminary examination is scheduled for November 8.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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