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James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 37-year-old man was charged after allegedly threatening a police officer and employees this week at a Panera Bread in Chesterfield Township.

The incident started at about 6:50 a.m. Monday in the eatery on the 51400 block of Gratiot when an “unknown disorderly male,” later identified as Matthew Timothy Warren, walked behind the counter of the restaurant and grabbed a male employee by the waist, according to a statement from the Chesterfield Police Department.

The Harrison Township resident, police say, then grabbed a drink, sat down, and warned: “If you call police, I will kill you.”

Police arrived shortly thereafter, at which point Warren allegedly repeated the threat, threw his drink in the officer’s face, and "charged at him," authorities allege.

The officer tackled Warren, but when they were on the ground, Warren tried to grab the officer’s gun, investigators said. The struggle between the two men continued until a back-up officer arrived. Warren was then handcuffed and taken to the township police department.

Warren has been arraigned on several charges: attempting to disarm a cop; resisting and obstructing a cop; and assault and battery. The first two are felonies while the assault-and-battery charge is a 93-day misdemeanor.

Warren was given a $100,000 cash-or-surety bond at the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore. He remains in custody at the Macomb County Jail. His next court date is scheduled for April 3.

Records from Macomb County Circuit Court show that Warren has had legal troubles going back to September 2012, and the court system has granted five petitions for his hospitalization for mental health issues granted since then, most recently in January 2016.


Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.