Police searching for 'extremely dangerous' fugitive
Traverse City Police are searching for a wanted fugitive who is considered extremely dangerous.
On Saturday, February 23rd at 10:00pm officers from the Traverse City Police Department were dispatched to the 800 Block of Hannah Street on reports to a suspect who had pulled out a handgun at a house party. Police say individuals were running from the house.
The man who pulled the weapon from his waistband and pointed it at party goers has been identified as Tahca Takiya-Mahpiya Milk, a 29 year-old Native American man.
Upon arrival, officers were told that the suspect had fled the scene and that the handgun he pulled out was taken from him by two people at the party, who eventually turned it over to Traverse City Police Officers.
The weapon, a fully loaded Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, had been stolen earlier in the year from a residence in Leelanau County, police say.
There are currently several warrants out for the arrest of Tahca Takiya-Mahpiya Milk which are not related to this incident. This case will be turned over the Grand Traverse County Prosecutors Office for more charges. Milk is considered extremely dangerous.
Traverse City Police Captain Brian Heffner says, "The reason we're describing this individual as extremely dangerous is in the fact that we're well aware of who he is, we've dealt with him in the past. He has been convicted of assaulting police officers, he's also been convicted of five prior burglaries, he's been convicted of domestic assault, at least three occasions, and the fact he has access to fire arms and he has carried guns... we're concerned."
The Traverse City Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating him however, they DO NOT want anyone to attempt to detain him. If anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact The Traverse City Police Department by calling the Detective Bureau at 231-995-5152 or the Silent Observer Tip Line at 231-947-TIPS (8477).