Police assault case sent to higher court

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man accused of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest by another officer was bound over this week to Delta County Circuit Court on the two felonies.

Joshua Jacob Curtis, 33, is charged with assault with intent to murder for allegedly threatening an Escanaba Public Safety officer with a knife. He is charged with assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer when he allegedly resisted being arrested by a second officer.

On Jan. 10, three officers responded to a possible domestic situation at Curtis’s residence at 1401 N. 23rd St., Lot 61, where he had barricaded himself in a room then came out with a knife. When he resisted arrest, he was tasered, arrested, and lodged in the county jail. He remains behind bars in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond.

The felonious assault charge carries a maximum punishment of life in prison. The charge for resisting a police officer carries a maximum sentencing of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Curtis will be scheduled for a pre-trial conference hearing in circuit court.