Man who wielded knife, threw bottles guilty

Michael Calanchi (photo courtesy Ottawa County Jail - Dec. 13, 2013)
Michael Calanchi (photo courtesy Ottawa County Jail - Dec. 13, 2013)

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was found guilty Wednesday of trying to rob a Holland Township grocery store and then throwing things at deputies in an effort to avoid arrest.

An Ottawa County jury convicted Michael Calanchi of all three counts he faced: One count of armed robbery and two counts of resisting, obstructing or assaulting a police officer.

Authorities say the then-20-year-old Calanchi was drunk when he showed up at the Family Fare located at 933 Butternut Dr. just after midnight on Dec. 13, 2013. When workers wouldn’t sell him anymore alcohol (in addition to being underage, he didn’t have any money), he pulled a knife that was for sale from its package and used it to threaten workers and customers. He also damaged other merchandise.

When Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies showed up, Calanchi put down the knife, but refused to give up. He threw wine bottles and other merchandise at deputies before they subdued him using a Taser.

Calanchi previously pleaded guilty to trying to purchase alcohol has a minor.

Sentencing for the three counts of which he was convicted Wednesday is scheduled for April 28.

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