Suspect found hiding in rafters of downtown business
A 22-year-old Traverse City man was arrested after breaking out the back window of a vehicle and hiding from police in a downtown business.
Witnesses observed the man break out the window of a Lincoln Navigator that was parked on the 100 block of East Front Street around 8 p.m. on Thursday. The suspect fled the area before police arrived and ran through a business to the south alleyway of East Front Street.
Witnesses then saw the suspect go to the back of a business in the alleyway and steal a bicycle that was leaning up against the building.
A short time later, two women who were locking up at Second Level Goods, saw the man hiding in the rafter area of the business. They contacted police.
Police arrived and heard sounds coming from the second floor of the building located at 140 E. Front Street. Officers announced their presence several times but had no response from the man. The owner of the business then came and unlocked the door for the police.
Officers told the suspect that a police dog was going to enter the business and that the suspect should come out, but he did not. The dog found the suspect hiding in the back of the business behind a display. He was bitten twice in the upper thigh area.
The suspect was arrested and taken to Munson Medical Center for treatment of the dog bite. He was later taken to Grand Traverse County Jail.