Esky teen faces felony charges for assault

ESCANABA – An Escanaba teen remains lodged at a local juvenile detention facility after being charged with three felonies in connection with an assault and a fire at an Escanaba residence last week.

The 16-year-old appeared in Delta County Probate Court Friday where a motions hearing was scheduled for him to be tried as an adult in criminal court. The teen, lodged at Bay Pines Center, will appear before Probate Judge Robert Goebel Jr. on April 11 to consider waiving jurisdiction to the adult court.

The teen is charged with felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted arson, and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, according to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges stem from a March 18 incident at an Escanaba residence where Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post responded to a domestic violence complaint. The teen allegedly assaulted a relative and tried to set fire to the home.

Troopers arriving at the scene put out the fire. Michigan State Police were assisted by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

Perry Lund, juvenile agent, presided over Friday’s proceeding held in the probate hearing room.

Lund recommended the teen remain lodged at Bay Pines Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond “due to the serious nature of the charges.” The parents agreed to keeping him lodged at the youth detention center.

The name of the juvenile is not being released at this time.