By Benjamin J. Gohs, Editor
Charlevoix resident Alexander Patrick Kur, 25, was recently charged with multiple alleged crimes ranging from assault and public nudity to theft of two vehicles, fleeing from police and speeding.
According to a Charlevoix County Sheriff Office affidavit of probable cause, the events began on Nov. 23 in Charlevoix Township when Kur allegedly assaulted his step-father.
Kur allegedly asked the victim for a ride to East Jordan but was instead driven to his residence. Kur was seated behind alleged victim and, upon arrival, began allegedly flailing in the back seat.
The alleged victim got out of the car, thinking he had been punched.
“The defendant (Kur) put his fists up as if readying to fight … (and) suddenly ran away screaming,” the report states. “(Alleged victim) then found a drywall knife in the vehicle where the defendant had been seated; that he then realized that he had been stabbed in the shoulder by the defendant; that the knife blade was approximately six inches long with serrated teeth with a curved blade and a sharp point.”
Sheriff documents show that Kur also is alleged to have taken a Ford F-250 pick-up truck from an address in Norwood Township
“Kur had walked up to a home … (homeowners) … heard a knock at their door; when they answered it they found the defendant pressed up against the door completely naked; that the defendant was saying that someone was trying to kill him and asked for help (and) that he was told to leave,” sheriff documents show. “Officers followed bare footprints to where the stolen vehicle was parked in the driveway and that is where the tracks ended.”
Police say they followed the vehicle tracks in the snow to where another parked vehicle had been stolen. There were also bare footprints leading from one stolen vehicle to the space of the next.
According to the sheriff’s report, a car chase involving the second stolen vehicle exceeded speeds of 90 mph, and that the defendant was eventually cornered by officers and arrested within the city limits.
The chase ended after officers allegedly ran the defendant off the road where he spun out in a bank parking lot.
A policeman was allegedly forced to ram his car into the defendants to stop the chase; and that the defendant allegedly continued to accelerate—to no avail—into the officer’s car in an attempt to escape.
Charges for alleged acts include:
Assault to do great bodily harm less than murder; this felony charge carries a 10-year prison sentence or $5,000 fine;
Motor vehicle-unlawful driving away for “willfully and without authority, take possession of and drive or take away or did assist in or was a party to such; this felony charge carries a maximum five-year prison sentence and a suspended driver’s license;
Two counts of indecent exposure for “knowingly make an open or indecent exposure of his or her person”; this carries a maximum of one year in jail and/or $1,000 in fines;
Fleeing from a police officer, third degree-vehicle code for “being the driver of a motor vehicle to whom was given a visual or audible signal by hand, voice, emergency light, or siren by … a police officer who was in full uniform and the officer’s vehicle was identified as an official police vehicle acting in the lawful performance of his/her duty, directing the defendant to bring his/her motor vehicle to a stop, did willfully fail to obey that direction by attempting to flee or elude the officer in an area where the speed limit was 35 mph or less; this felony charge carries a five-year prison sentence and/or a $1,000 fine;
Commission of a felony with a motor vehicle advisory—this charge would apply if the defendant is found guilty of using a car to commit a felony;
Malicious destruction of fire or police property for “willfully and maliciously destroy(ing) or injur(ing) certain personal property” on a Michigan State Police vehicle; this felony carries a maximum of four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000;
Motor vehicle-unlawful driving away for taking possession of and driving or taking away or assisting in taking a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe belonging to someone else—this felony carries a maximum of five years in prison and a suspended driver’s license.
Kur has been arraigned in Charlevoix district court.
His pre-trial is scheduled for Dec. 4.