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Father, son arrested at Hank Williams Jr. concert

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Three fans may have taken the Hank Williams Jr. song “All My Rowdy Friends” a little too far at his concert this weekend.

Officials said police arrested them Saturday for two separate alleged assaults during the country singer’s show at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

In one case, a man punched a sheriff’s deputy in the face, according to authorities. In another, a man elbowed one of the theater’s female employees in the neck and groped her.

In the first incident, deputies were called to the venue’s pavilion area about 9:45 p.m. Saturday to deal with a patron who was intoxicated and disorderly, according to officials.

As they approached, the 22-year-old Monroe man became combative and struck a deputy in the face with his fist, authorities said.

When the officers tried to restrain the man, another man, a 44-year-old Monroe resident who police later determined was the first subject’s father, approached a deputy from behind and put him in a choke hold.

Deputies used a stun gun to subdue the younger man and additional officers arrived to help restrain his father, according to a release from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Both were arrested and are waiting to be charged. The deputy who was struck was treated for minor injuries.

Elsewhere in the theater and a little later during the concert, deputies responded to a report that a drunken man had assaulted one of the facility’s employees.

The worker and other patrons told police that the man, 44, of Linden, assaulted a 18-year-old female DTE Energy Music Theatre worker after she asked to see his ticket. The man pushed the woman and struck her in the throat with his elbow, according to authorities.

He then grabbed her breast and dragged her around until her co-workers and other patrons pulled him off of her, police said.

Deputies arrested the man and he is also awaiting charges.

Police said the victim was treated by emergency medical technicians at the theater for minor injuries.

cramirez@detroitnews.com