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2 charged with assault, destruction of property

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A man and a woman each face assault and destruction of property charges after a crash Wednesday on the city’s east side that police initially reported as a potential kidnapping.

Detroiters Nathaniel Nix, 26, and Chimere Spires, 27, each faces multiple charges in connection with the crash around 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cadieux and Mack avenues, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Nix was charged with with malicious destruction of property more than $1,000, a five-year felony; assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; and assaulting and resisting a police officer, a two-year felony, Miller said.

Spires was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; and malicious destruction of property more than $200 and less than $1,000, a one-year misdemeanor, Miller said.

The prosecutor’s office amended the charges released earlier Friday.

Nix allegedly hit the car driven by Spires, Miller said. The pair have a child together, who was a passenger in Spires’ car at the time of the incident. The woman and child were not injured.

Spires allegedly intentionally struck Nix’s car during the incident, Miller said.

The pair were arraigned Friday in 36th District Court, Miller said. Bonds were set at $50,000, 10 percent and probable cause hearings are scheduled for March 30 at 8:30 a.m. Preliminary examinations are set for April 10 at 9 a.m., Miller said.

The incident made headlines Wednesday when police initially reported Nix abducted Spires from the crash scene. He was taken into custody around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday on the 16400 block of Bringard after initially refusing to exit the location, police said.

“We charged based on the facts and evidence presented,” Miller said. “There was insufficient evidence to support kidnapping charges.”

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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