July 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

Rochester Hills man on jury duty arrested after blades, hunting knife discovered in backpack

Pontiac A prospective juror was removed from the Oakland Circuit Court building Tuesday morning after several blades including a large hunting knife were discovered inside his backpack during a routine security check.

The 27-year-old Rochester Hills man, who was dressed in shorts and also carrying a glass jar of green tea, told deputies he had forgotten he had the weapons, which were found in the bag when it was X-rayed in a security check before admittance into the building.

Like many government buildings, all visitors to the courthouse must go through a metal detector and have bags inspected or X-rayed to determine if any are carrying weapons.

The man was handcuffed without incident and held in the Oakland County Jail pending an arraignment in Pontiac 50th District Court for carrying a concealed weapon, according to the prosecutor's office. The offense is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and fines.

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