Phone threat leads detectives to Kentwood commissioner

Steve Redmond
An undated courtesy photo of Steve Redmond from his campaign Facebook page.

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kentwood city commissioner is facing a misdemeanor charge after investigators say he threatened a resident during an anonymous phone call.

Commissioner Steven Redmond turned himself into police on Friday and was released on a $100 cash surety bond.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says a resident called police on Oct. 20 to file a complaint about a harassing phone call. The unidentified resident said three days earlier, he/she called each city commissioner to hear their stance and voice his/her objection to a plan to rebuild Wing Avenue between 52nd Street and 60th Street. However, the resident said Redmond he was hostile during the call, yelling at the caller who eventually hung up.

On Oct. 18, the resident attended a public hearing about the Wing Avenue project. The resident said the next afternoon, they took a phone call from an unfamiliar number. On the other end of the line was a male voice who made a threatening statement.

Authorities tracked the location of the call and obtained surveillance video they say shows Redmond placing the call.

Redmond was supposed to be arraigned Friday, but on Monday the court accept his not guilty plea via mail. He is expected to be in court on Jan. 12.

The Kent County Sheriff Department is encouraging any additional victims or those with more information in the case to call them at 616.632.6357 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.