Onaway suspect arraigned on two charges

The junction of M-68 and M-33 was closed for a time on Tuesday while authorities dealt with a possible safety threat. (Photo by Peter Jakey)

The suspect involved in an alleged domestic incident in Onaway has been identified as Matthew Jacob Wenn, 29.

Wenn was arraigned Wednesday morning before 89th District Court magistrate Christina Delekta. He pled not guilty to the misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and possessing a firearm while under the influence.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety, 10 percent. He posted $1,000 Wednesday and was released pending a pretrial Oct. 29.

Part of Onaway was closed to traffic and citizens early Tuesday as area law enforcement agencies converged on the potentially volatile situation involving alcohol and firearms.

Wenn, who has no prior criminal history, was taken into custody at 9:02 a.m.

Presque Isle County central dispatch received a 9-1-1 call at 1:23 a.m. from the friend of the victim. According to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. John Kasuba, the caller said that her friend had been assaulted. The suspect had also been reported to be highly intoxicated.

“Officers responded to the city of Onaway and located the third party witness and the victim,” said Kasuba. “At one point, the witness, who was not there when the assault took place, reported hearing two shots fired.”

The victim’s friend was on a cell phone at the time. Officers have not been able to confirm if any shots were fired.

During this time, there was a second call from the Shady Grove Village trailer park reporting hearing shots fired in the area.

Wenn was located at his residence by deputies but would not answer any phone calls. Wenn could be heard “racking” or charging a weapon outside his residence by nearby deputies who were watching his residence.

Due to the circumstances that Wenn had been reported to be drinking, had discharged a firearm during a domestic dispute, and would not respond to attempted contact by police, the Northern Michigan Mutual Aid Task Force ET team was alerted and responded to the scene to assist.

“Once officers approached and used loud speakers, the suspect came out of the house without incident. He did not come out carrying any firearms or make any threats,” said Kasuba.

The victim’s injuries were not life threatening and did not require medical attention at the time.