Man charged in Grand Rapids stabbing

A mug shot of Glen Relerford from the Kent County Sheriff's Department.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of stabbing another man Monday night on Grand Rapids’ southeast side has been formally charged.

Wednesday, Glen Relerford, 53, was arraigned in Grand Rapids District Court on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and being a habitual offender-fourth offense.

Police say Relerford stabbed a 49-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, just before 10:30 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Bates St. SE. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses said the stabbing stemmed from an argument between the two men.

Relerford is being held on a $50,000 bond at the Kent County jail. He’s expected back in court for a preliminary examination on May 30.

Relerford has a long criminal history dating back to the early 1980s, when he was a teen, Michigan State Police records show. He been convicted of various assault and weapons charges, drug charges, retail fraud, and domestic assault. There are several other assaults for which he was charged but never prosecuted, including knowingly assaulting a pregnant woman.

Online Michigan Department of Corrections records show Relerford has served four stints in state prisons was last discharged from custody in October 2015. All four of those sentences were related to assault or weapons convictions.

Most recently, Relerford was arrested on April 27 and charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. In that case, the charges were dismissed and he was released from jail that same day.