Belding man charged after Mount Pleasant stabbing


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:24 am on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Todd Gerheiser

MOUNT PLEASANT — A Belding man is charged with 10 felonies after allegedly stabbing two people early Sunday morning in Mount Pleasant.

Todd William Gerheiser, 22, is charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with great bodily harm less than murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and assault and battery.

Gerheiser faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination Thursday in Isabella Country Trial Court in Mount Pleasant.

According to Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post Lt. Commander Christopher Stolicker, troopers responded to the scene of “a large fight” around 1 a.m. Sunday at Deerfield Apartments in Union Township.

Upon arrival, troopers observed “a wave of people running toward them.”

One of the victims was observed covered in blood and he told troopers that Gerheiser had just stabbed him. The victim pointed out Gerheiser, who was also running toward the police. Troopers ordered Gerheiser to the ground, arrested him and lodged him in the Isabella County Jail.

According to Central Michigan Life (an independent Central Michigan University news source), about 50 people reportedly were at the scene of the stabbings and several people jumped on Gerheiser and broke bottles over his head as he was wielding the knife.

The victims’ injuries are apparently not life-threatening.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department and the Central Michigan University Police Department.

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