BCPD: Woman bound with garbage bags, hit by machete

Thaddeus Markham
An undated photo of Thaddeus Eugene Markham from the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A man accused of using garbage bags to restrain a woman in a Battle Creek home before beating, strangling and hitting her with a machete appeared in court Wednesday.

Thaddeus Eugene Markham, 47, was arraigned Wednesday on three counts of assault with intent to murder, assault by strangulation and unlawful imprisonment in connection to the hourslong attack Tuesday.

Battle Creek Police Department officers were called to the home on Parish Street around 4 a.m. that day.

The 44-year-old victim told police it all started with an argument, police said possibly over the suspect and victim’s monthslong relationship.

Officers said the woman lost consciousness during the attack. Police said when the woman regained consciousness, Markham was swinging a machete at her. He hit her with the side of the weapon, authorities said.

Police said the woman freed herself and ran to a neighbor’s house for help when her attacker distractedly left the room.

Police recovered the machete as they swept the home.

Officers confirmed Wednesday the victim was in good condition at a nearby hospital.

Markham has previous convictions for felony malicious destruction of property, felony third-offense operating while intoxicated, misdemeanor obstructing a police officer and misdemeanor domestic violence. He’s also a registered sex offender after being convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1996.

Markham is being held at the Calhoun County Jail and is expected back in court on May 31 for a preliminary exam conference and again on June 7 for a preliminary exam.