2017-02-15 / Police/Fire

Commerce man charged with assault, battery of Meijer employee


Chase Robert Matthews. Chase Robert Matthews. A 23-year-old Commerce Township man was charged with assault and battery of a Meijer employee after punching the man in the face, according to police.

Chase Robert Matthews was charged with felony resist and obstruct, assault and battery, and domestic assault. He was given a $100,000 c/s bond and is lodged at the Oakland County Jail.

Around 6:52 p.m. on Sunday, January 29 sheriff’s deputies responded to the Meijer store located in the 1700 block of Haggerty Road in Commerce Township for a domestic violence complaint between a male and his pregnant girlfriend. According to reports, deputies arrived on the scene and spoke with the victims, including a Meijer employee who had attempted to intervene between the two subjects.

The incident occurred after the suspect got into an argument with his girlfriend while in the parking lot. She then ran into the Meijer store for help; Matthews followed her and tried to grab her cell phone to prevent her from calling 911. When an employee attempted to intervene, Matthew punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, before fleeing the store.

The victim, a 19-year-old Commerce woman, told deputies that her boyfriend had just arrived into town on a bus from Oregon and was under the influence of drugs, possibly crystal meth.

Matthews was located a short time later inside of the nearby Library Pub. As deputies approached him, he became physically combative and a deputy had to deploy his Taser. He was taken into custody and transported to the Oakland County Jail where he was lodged.

According to police, Matthews’ criminal history is as follows:

  • Criminal trespassing in Duluth, Georgia
  • Possession of burglary tools in Buena Vista, New Jersey
  • Larceny in Plainfield, Connecticut
  • Possession of methamphetamine and criminal trespassing in Hillsboro, Oregon

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