Dearborn Heights official arraigned in neighbor dispute

Raymond Muscat

A Dearborn Heights city councilman who is facing charges along with his neighbor because of a dispute was arraigned in court Friday, officials said.

Councilman Raymond Muscat, 64, has been charged with a count of third-degree home invasion, a five-year felony, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 

A judge set his bond at $1,000 and scheduled his next court date for next Friday, officials said Friday. The matter is being heard in a district court in Dearborn after the court in Dearborn Heights recused itself from the case because Muscat holds a political office in the community, they said.

Muscat's neighbor, Nicholas Diedo, 35, is facing a trespassing charge, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum 30-day jail term. He will be arraigned at a later date, according to the prosecutor's office.

Police said officers were called at about 3:12 p.m. Dec. 8, 2018, to Muscat's home in the 2600 block of Havelock in Dearborn Heights to respond to a report that Diedo had dumped newspapers on Muscat's porch earlier in the day and walked away.

According to the prosecutor's office, Diedo allegedly dumped newspapers on Muscat's porch several times. When Muscat called out to Diedo about the Dec. 8 incident, Diedo went into his house and closed the door.

Muscat allegedly pounded on Diedo's door and when Diedo opened it, Muscat allegedly forced his way inside. The two men allegedly began fighting, with the altercation ending outside on Diedo's porch.

Reached by phone Thursday, Muscat's wife said he had no comment. Efforts to reach Diedo were unsuccessful.