By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — A patient with a history of mental illness from Henry Ford Medical Center — Fairlane, 19401 Hubbard Drive, who was carrying a machete was arrested Feb. 20.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Police and Public Safety Department received a call from an employee working in Fairlane Center North. The employee had had contact with the patient in a restroom, exhibiting unusually nervous behavior, according to a email sent to the entire campus Feb. 21.
The employee called UM-DPPS which immediately responded and also learned that Dearborn police were looking for a patient with a history of mental illness missing from the medical center.
UM-D Police Chief and Public Safety Director Gary Gorski said that the man at Fairlane Center North matched that description, according to the email.
Dearborn police believed the patient was in possession of a concealed machete.
Gorski said that out of an abundance of caution, UM-D and Dearborn police entered the building with guns drawn to take the patient into custody without incident.
The patient was not affiliated with the university and did have a machete in his possession.
“We understand that this may have been a traumatic experience for members of our community who witnessed the incident,” Gorski wrote in the email. “The university offers counseling services for those impacted by this event.
“This is a strong example of a member of the campus community being alert, noticing something concerning and contacting DPPS,” Gorski said. “We’d like to commend the employee for their actions which led to a swift resolution of this incident. And remind all members of the campus community if you see something, say something.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])