Inmate attempts to grab officer's gun at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
A Washtenaw County Jail inmate who was being treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital early Wednesday assaulted a county corrections officer and attempted to grab his gun, but was restrained after a struggle, authorities said.
Robert Neibler, 27, of Tecumseh, who was awaiting trial on an armed robbery charge, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempting to disarm a peace officer, attempted escape and assaulting a police officer.
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Neibler was taken to the hospital Tuesday night in Superior Township to be treated for self-inflicted injuries, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department spokesman Derrick Jackson said. Jackson was not more specific on that situation.
As an officer was escorting Neibler to a restroom at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neibler assaulted the officer, Jackson said, and attempted to remove the officer's gun from its holster. Jackson said a struggle ensued and another officer assisted. The two officers restrained Neibler. Everyone involved suffered minor injuries.
At the time, Neibler was being held on $100,000 cash or surety bond as he was awaiting trial on charges, including armed robbery and larceny. Police say he held up a Domino's Pizza in Saline on Monday.
Neibler has prior convictions for breaking and entering and uttering and publishing. He is now being held on a total bond of $125,000 cash or surety, jail officials said, and is scheduled to return to court Jan. 31.