Man charged with attempting to take officer’s taser

By Emily Grove

Pioneer Senior Staff Writer

BIG RAPIDS — A Morley man who attempted to take a taser from an officer over the weekend has been arraigned on charges.

Juan Maldonado

Juan Maldonado, 25, of Morley, was arraigned Monday in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court. He is charged with one count of domestic violence – third offense, one count of carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, one count of attempting to disarm a police officer of a non-firearm and two counts of resisting and obstructing an officer. All five charges are felonies.

Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office were called to a domestic complaint at approximately 3:43 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Village of Morley.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the suspect, Maldonado, who failed to comply with deputies. While deputies attempted to take Maldonado into custody, he began to fight the deputies. When a deputy deployed a taser, Maldonado allegedly attempted to disarm the officer.

When taken into custody, Maldonado was found to be in possession of a knife which was concealed in his pocket.

Domestic violence – third offense carries a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison. However, Maldonado is charged as a habitual offender and faces increased penalties.

Bond for Maldonado is set at $100,000 cash or 10 percent cash surety. A preliminary examination is set for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Mach 27, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

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