By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
LINCOLN PARK – A Lincoln Park man who allegedly shot a man in the neck was charged in 25th District Court with four felony counts and could face up to life in prison if convicted.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said Tobias James Catron, 19, was charged with several felonies including assault with intent to murder, punishable by up to life in prison.
Catron was arraigned before 25th District Court Judge Greg Clifton July 24, after he turned himself in to Lincoln Park police the day before. Catron had been sought for questioning after police responded to reports of a gunshot in the 1400 block of Mayflower Avenue July 22.
According to police reports Catron – who had been staying with relatives – confrontation with a 44-year-old Lincoln Park man, the father of an acquaintance of Catron’s. Catron allegedly sent threatening text messages to the man’s daughter, and the father went to the Mayflower Avenue house to confront Catron.
Police and prosecutors said Catron was armed and shot the man in the neck.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses said Catron left the area on foot. Police and K-9 units searched the area and city without success before Catron walked into the police station shortly after 5 p.m. July 23.
A police spokesperson said Catron was cooperative after surrendering. He told investigators the shooting had been in self-defense and made available the handgun allegedly used.
Catron remained in custody after being denied bond during his arraignment. A court-appointed attorney was requested.
Catron also was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, felonious assault and felony firearm possession. A probable cause hearing in 25th District Court is scheduled for Aug. 4 and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him for Aug. 11.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected])