Man charged with attempted murder

MANISTIQUE – Formal charges have been filed against a Manistique man accused of attempting to murder a Manistique woman by slitting her throat Monday night.

Fifty-eight year old Thomas Becks Jr., of Manistique, was arraigned by video in Schoolcraft District Court Monday afternoon.

He faces the following charges: attempted murder, a felony with a maximum life sentence; assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony; and assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony.

The 31-year-old victim was transported by ambulance to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital where she was treated for a severe laceration wound to her throat, according to Manistique Public Safety Director Ken Golat.

Golat stated in a news release Tuesday the Manistique Public Safety Ambulance was dispatched at 11:52 p.m. Monday to a residence on the 600 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a woman with a laceration to her throat.

Upon arrival, officers immediately treated the woman and transported her to the hospital.

“It was determined that the victim did not live at the residence where the officers were called but that she had gone to this home to seek assistance for her wounds,” stated Golat.

“Continuing investigation by officers determined that the victim had been assaulted by a 58-year-old Manistique male resident who was located at 651 Garden Avenue and placed under arrest at approximately 2 a.m.,” Golat explained in the news release.

Becks is scheduled to appear before the court for a preliminary examination at 10 a.m. Aug. 11.

Manistique Public Safety was assisted in the investigation by Sault Tribal Police and Michigan State Police from the Manistique Detachment.