A Martin man accused of stabbing another man early Sunday morning in Curtice is free on a $67,000 bond.
Juan G. Lopez, 25, has been charged with felonious assault and aggravated burglary following the incident at a multi-family complex at 22555 Front Street, Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said Tuesday.
Lopez made an appearance in Ottawa County Municipal Court. Court officials say his bond was set at $67,000 and he was freed after someone paid the bond through a surety company. His next court date was unavailable.
Levorchick was not available Wednesday morning to comment on the circumstances of Lopez’s arrest.
Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Milner along with officers from Genoa and Clay Township initially searched the western Ottawa County area for an injured Lopez shortly after the incident was reported around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.
According to witness statements compiled by Milner, Lopez and his girlfriend, Amanda Buckner, could be heard fighting earlier in the morning in Buckner’s upstairs apartment. Later, they went to a friend’s home below.
As the arguing escalated again, one of the apartment residents, Preston Johnson, asked Lopez to leave.
That is when Lopez “flipped out,” one witness reported. He hit Johnson and the two began fighting, witnesses stated.
Johnson broke free and ran out of the home, followed by Lopez. Johnson returned moments later, slammed the door, locked it and held the door with another as Lopez pounded on the door, the report said. Johnson yelled at his girlfriend and two others to get into the bedroom to hide.
When he couldn’t get in via the door, Lopez broke a screen and glass of a nearby window, according to the report. He then grabbed a piece of broken glass from the pane and slashed Johnson’s arm, the witnesses told the deputy. Moments later, Lopez ran away.
When Milner arrived, Johnson was laying on a bedroom floor. The deputy found blood throughout the apartment.
Officers also found blood outside, the sheriff said. They searched Front Street to Wildacre Road as well as nearby railroad property and a creek located across the street from the housing complex to no avail. They found a family member later who contacted Lopez by phone. He reportedly told the relative he was all right but would not say where he was, the deputy reported.
Medics from the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District took Johnson to Bay Park Hospital in Oregon. He was later transferred to Toledo Hospital where he underwent surgery for a cut on the arm, Milner reported.