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Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:48 a.m.

Man accused of lighting house on fire, then attacking construction workers with baseball bat

By John Counts

A 30-year-old man faces numerous charges after police say he lit his family's Ypsilanti Township home on fire, then went on a rampage with a baseball bat, breaking out car windows and attacking workers at a construction site on Dec. 18.


Carlos McBride

Courtesy of WCSO

Carlos Lee McBride was arraigned Dec. 20 on charges of arson in dwelling, first-degree home invasion, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to rob and two counts of assaulting or resisting a police officer.

Around 3 p.m. Dec. 18, deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 8800 block of Trillium Drive after receiving reports of a man breaking out car windows with a bat, Sgt. Geoff Fox said.

Deputies observed McBride standing in the area holding a baseball bat. Fox said he cooperated at first, but then started to resist arrest which resulted in him being Tasered and taken into custody. A subsequent investigation revealed McBride was living in the area with family. While the family was gone, police think McBride intentionally started a fire in the home which caused significant damage to the kitchen.

"(He) then left the house and started walking down the street with a baseball bat," Fox said. "As he walked, he hit numerous cars with the bat and broke out multiple windows. He also broke out windows to several homes in that same area."

Police estimate there were eight car and three home windows smashed.

"(He) then got to a new home construction site and confronted workers in the area," Fox continued. "One of the workers was struck with the bat and then McBride hit a cement truck numerous times, breaking out two windows."

The truck driver also was assaulted with the bat before McBride walked away, police said.

McBride is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail with no bond. His next court date is Jan. 3, police said.

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Mon, Dec 31, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Sadly the police, by ruling of the courts, have no responsibility to protect any individual. Their contract is with society. If they don't respond when called, they can not be sued. You are responsible for protecting yourself and those you care about. Something most forget or don't want to hear.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 5:08 p.m.

Oh and, his current status on OTIS is: ABSCOND2: Offenders with this designation have absconded from probation. These offenders are under the jurisdiction of the county that sentenced them. Absconders have eluded their supervision by failing to report in a reasonably timely manner. As such, absconders pose a direct threat to the health, safety and welfare of any person, household or community. Please report any information about probation absconders to the appropriate county sheriff's office.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

Please keep us apprised of the details and developments of this case.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 4:45 a.m.

Should have tazed him until he, well can't handle what I want to say. Okay he can do all that damage and hurt people but I can't express my feelings because he hasn't been found guilty of anything.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

Luckily this nut didn't get a gun like the wacko in NY who did the same thing but decided to start killing people with a Bushmaster instead of just hitting them with a bat.

Mr. Ed

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:44 p.m.

Another reason to obtain your CPL. The police are not able to help while you get beat with a bat.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

hehe, now public sector union members are "good guys". I like that they are finally getting some recognition!


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 2:23 p.m.

Hey clownfish...I bet firearms were used in the apprehension of ball bat Carlos...Carlos knew his ball bat was no match when encountered by a good guy with a gun...You think the police didn't have their weapons/firearms drawn?


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 2:16 p.m.

Mr.Ed...Excellent point !!


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

Except the police did apprehended him, without use of a firearm.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

Lock him up and throw away the key.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

A story probably worth several hundred thousand dollars just for the option on a Hollywood treatment. The sky's the limit if it goes into production, and it'll sell like kimchee overseas. No wonder so many cop beat reporters wind up retired on the Malibu beach.

Ann English

Sun, Dec 30, 2012 : 8:02 p.m.

Sounds like something an Earth Liberation Front member would do.

John Counts

Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 12:15 a.m.

A Malibu beach sounds pretty good to me right around this snowy season, nickcarraweigh.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:48 p.m.

Just another day in the 'hood.


Sat, Dec 29, 2012 : 12:34 p.m.

Yea, that really looks like the " hood " I'd ask if you even looked at the map but you know every street and have been on every street in Ypsi and Ypsi Twp or at least you claim


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

Was his check late?


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

I feel bad for the innocent victims involved - I hope they are consoled and compensated


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:59 p.m.

Insurance company more than likely.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

Compensated? How?


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

Sounds like a good candidate for some Anger Management. I'm wondering if drugs were involved in some way...that would include alcohol.

ms 2013

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 6:44 p.m.

he really need s help i hope he get what he needs

Superior Twp voter

Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 6:11 p.m.

"McBride is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail with no bond." It appears that may be where he belongs. Keep him.


Fri, Dec 28, 2012 : 5:34 p.m.

That's a bad day.