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Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 34-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a Macomb County Sheriff's deputy while in custody for another crime, officials announced Wednesday.

A day after being arrested for armed robbery in Warren, Paul Frost was with two other inmates in a third-floor lockup at the Macomb Circuit Court building early Friday waiting to go before a judge on several outstanding bench warrants, investigators said in a statement.

When a deputy opened the door to check on an inmate who reported feeling unwell, Frost slipped out of his belly chain and struck him in the head with it, according to the 


Paul Frost arrived at the Macomb County Jail with injuries on Aug. 22, officials said.

Frost left the lockup and kept swinging the metal piece at the deputy, who tried to restrain him, county officials said. The 34-year-old then "grabbed on to the deputy’s holster attempting to disarm him," but couldn't take the weapon, according to the release.

The deputy was treated for his injuries and released, authorities said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office charged Frost with five 

felony counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was arraigned Tuesday in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township. Bond was set at $50,000. Frost is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 9.