Police stop man with 8-inch blade, sawed off shotgunPublished 9:11am Thursday, September 24, 2009
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 11:17 a.m., an officer with the Niles City Police Department observed a subject walking in the area of Fifth and Maple streets. Based on the actions of the subject, the officer thought he may either be intoxicated or possibly injured.
The officer stopped his patrol vehicle behind the subject, identified as Frank Lee Moore II, 20, of Ontario Road, Niles.
Just as the officer began to approach the subject on foot, and was 10 to 15 feet away, the subject spun around towards the officer yielding a large eight-inch straight blade knife.
The officer drew his service weapon and ordered the subject to drop the knife, which the subject eventually did.
After placing the subject under arrest the officers located a sawed off short barreled shotgun in a back pack which the subject was carrying. The shotgun was loaded with a single slug round. The subject was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.
The subject was arrested and lodged at the Niles City Jail, and has since been arraigned on the following charges;
1) Carrying a concealed weapon.
2) Carrying a short barreled shotgun.
3) Weapon – firearm altered ID.
4) Assault with a dangerous weapon.
5) Weapons offense – Felony firearm.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The subject remains lodged in the Berrien County Jail on a $50,000.00 cash/surety bond, and has a preliminary exam schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 29 in the Fifth District Court, Niles.