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Knife assault case moves ahead

August 31, 2012
By Jenny Lancour ( , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - After hearing testimony about a knife being used in a threatening manner against an individual in Gladstone, a judge ordered the defendant be bound over to circuit court Thursday.

Jacob Anthony Wydra, 17, of 216 Michigan Ave., Gladstone, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, also known as felonious assault. He is accused of brandishing a knife and threatening a male victim in Gladstone Sunday night, according to Gladstone Public Safety. No one was injured.

Officers from Gladstone Public Safety and troopers from Michigan State Police responded to the 11:25 p.m. call at an alley on the 1100 block of Delta Avenue. Wydra was apprehended while attempting to leave the scene.

An officer testified Thursday he saw the knife in Wydra's pocket and ordered him to remove it; police recovered the knife after Wydra tossed it on the ground. He remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond.

Defense Attorney Trent Stupak requested the judge reduce the bond of his client who is a senior at Gladstone High School, he said.

Prosecutor Steve Parks disagreed with a bond reduction. Parks cited the serious nature of the offense, other charges against Wydra, the defendant's mental health, and a concern for the public's safety.

District Court Judge Glenn Pearson did not modify Wydra's bond.

Wydra's case will go to circuit court where he may make a plea or go to trial.



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