Assault suspect that sparked GR standoff charged

Tom Chehowski mug shot
A mug shot of Tom Chehowski, provided by the Grand Rapids Police Department.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspect in an assault that led to an hourslong standoff in Grand Rapids is now charged with four felonies.

Tom Chehowski of Grand Rapids was formally charged Thursday with assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and two counts of resisting and obstructiong a police officer.

Officers said they tased and arrested a resistant Chehowski around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Garfield Avenue north of 6th Street, about a block away from the Van Buren Avenue home they were called to the night prior.

Grand Rapids police surround a home on Van Buren Avenue NW. (Oct. 19, 2016).
Grand Rapids police surround a home on Van Buren Avenue NW. (Oct. 19, 2016).

Police say when they first encountered the suspect, he answered the door while holding a knife. Officers said the 45-year-old man refused to drop the knife and went back inside.

Grand Rapids police were able to get a woman out of the home safely.

After five hours of attempting to talk with the suspect, officers went inside the home and discovered he had left before they established a perimeter around the home.

Judge Michael Distel set Chehowski’s bond at $50,000, according to GRPD. The suspect is expected back in court for a preliminary examination on Nov. 8.