SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — A local man has been charged with three felonies after allegedly starting a fight at the Sidney Tavern early Sunday morning.
Christopher Finney Jr., 39, of Sidney Township, was arraigned and charged Monday in 64B District Court with assault with a handgun (a four-year felony), assault with a knife (a four-year felony) and using a firearm in the commission of a felony (a two-year felony) in addition to outstanding warrants he had for his arrest.
Several Montcalm County sheriff’s officers responded to the corner of Derby and Sidney roads at 2:16 a.m.
Finney allegedly got into an altercation at the Sidney Tavern with another individual. Finney allegedly brandished a 3-inch folding knife — one of two knives he had on his person. He then allegedly went to his nearby home and returned brandishing a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol.
The origin of the altercation is unknown, but “alcohol was involved,” confirmed Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Russell. “He was just antagonizing a whole bunch of people.”
When Finney laid down the gun and started to physically fight, someone grabbed it. Finney was then beat up by an unknown amount of people. He sustained minor injuries.
The fight was over when officers arrived. Finney was arrested and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton. Officers recovered knives and the handgun before taking Finney into custody.