German man arrested at airport after threats to wife now charged with additional felony
The German man who was arrested by Pittsfield Township police after getting off a plane at Detroit Metro Airport for making threats against his wife is facing an additional criminal charge.
Martin Buerkle, 41, was arraigned on one count of bribing or intimidating a witness on Tuesday, according to court records. He’s now facing that charge in addition to one count of assaulting a prison employee, court records show.
Buerkle had a preliminary hearing on Tuesday for the charge of assaulting a prison employee, according to court records. That hearing has been adjourned until June 5, records stated.
He’s facing a preliminary hearing on the charge of bribing and intimidating a witness at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, court records stated.
Buerkle also faces a misdemeanor charge of malicious use of telecommunications services, according to court records.
Buerkle was arrested by police for making threats to kill his wife, who lives in Pittsfield Township, after he got off the plane on March 16. After his arrest, Buerkle made self-inflicted cuts to his neck and wrist and was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Derrick Jackson.
Jackson said Buerkle attempted to grab an officer’s gun from the holster. No one was injured, he said.