Knife attack case sent to circuit court

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man accused of assaulting another man with a knife last month was bound over to Delta County Circuit Court following witness testimony presented in district court Thursday.

Joshua John Myers, 33, of 1812 S. 16th St., Escanaba, was arrested Aug. 21 after he allegedly injured a 26-year-old Escanaba resident who sustained a three- to four-inch superficial knife wound on his throat, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.

Emergency medical personnel treated the victim at a residence on the 800 block of 2nd Avenue South while police apprehended Myers after he had fled to a nearby residence.

Prior to Myers being arrested, Rampart Ambulance transported him to OSF St. Francis Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the incident.

District Court Judge Steve Parks explained Thursday that his decision to bind over Myers to the higher court was based on witness and police testimony which showed probable cause a crime was committed by the defendant.

Parks said, though the victim was not available to testify in court, a witness admitted giving the knife to Myers prior to the defendant’s physical altercation with the victim who yelled he was stabbed in his neck. The witness saw Myers in possession of the knife following the altercation, the judge added.

According to one of the Escanaba Public Safety officers who was at the scene, Myers told him he had used a butter knife but the alleged weapon — a black-handled knife — was found hidden under Myers’ backpack.

Parks said testimony shows it’s likely Myers cut the victim with the knife, and if the cut was deeper, the injury could have been fatal.

“Based on the evidence, there is probable cause a crime has been committed,” said Parks, binding over one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

The felony carries a maximum sentencing of 10 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Myers remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of an $80,000 cash or surety bond.

A pretrial conference hearing will be scheduled in circuit court when Myers may make a plea or set a trial date.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,