According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Many Stahl responded to an assault complaint on Friday, August 5 at 6:25 p.m. The complainant explained that he was driving through the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates and slowed for a speed bump. A person walking nearby then crossed directly in front of his vehicle, causing the driver, a 27-year-old, to come to a complete stop. His female passenger commented to this person that he didn’t need to cut in front of them. The pedestrian, Allan Mitchell McKay, 18, then began to yell at them and threatened to beat them up.
Being challenged, the driver got out of the car and the argument continued. The 21-year-old female passenger got out soon afterward and became involved in the argument. When McKay got up close to the woman, she pushed him back and he reportedly swung at her. She avoided being hit in the face by raising her arm to block the blow. The couple got back into their vehicle, and McKay ran to a nearby mobile home and returned with a bat before they drove away. McKay swung the bat at the driver, hitting the doorjamb and causing over a $1000.00 worth of damage.
The prosecutor reviewed the report this week and charges were issued. Allan McKay was arrested and charged with a felony MDOP—malicious destruction of property over a $1,000.00; assault with a dangerous weapon-felony assault; and assault and battery. He was given a $5,000.00 cash surety bond and he was released Tuesday. His preliminary exam is set for August 24 at 1:45 p.m.
Chief Roger Parent said that there are ways to keep situations from escalating.
“It’s unfortunate that these kinds of situations rise to a level of violence,” said Parent. “When involved with a verbal confrontation, it is never a good idea to stop your vehicle or get out and confront the other person. The right thing to do is to get away from the situation however possible. In this case the actions of each individual escalated the threat level. “