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Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 11:44 a.m.

Man accused of pulling knife on Denny's staff arraigned on assault charges

By John Counts


Leroy Johnson

Courtesy of WSCO

The 65-year-old Ypsilanti man accused of pulling a knife on staff members at an Ann Arbor Denny's after a dispute over restaurant service was arraigned Tuesday on felonious assault charges, Ann Arbor police said.

A warrant filed in circuit court Tuesday lists the charges against Leroy Alexander Johnson as two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and a count of defrauding an innkeeper, according to court records.

Johnson was arrested Tuesday around 3:45 a.m. outside the Denny's restaurant at 3310 Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor. Police ordered him to drop the knife he was threatening the restaurant's staff with, according to previous reports. The man was refusing to pay his bill because of bad service, police said.

Johnson pulled a folding knife and threatened the staff members when they tried to get the man to settle his bill, police said.

Johnson's bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000, but he cannot post it because he was on parole when arrested, according to jail records.

Johnson served a prison term from May 18, 2010 to March 1, 2011 for drunken driving, third offense, according to state records. Johnson was on parole until March 1, 2013.

He remains in the Washtenaw County Jail. A preliminary examination date was set for Jan. 24.

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Susan Ursus

Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 3:31 a.m.

65 years old and pulls a knife at Denny's at 3 AM. What a pathetic sad sack.

Amber Coleman

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 11:56 p.m.

For some reason I read his name as LEEROY JENKINS..... Guess Leeroy Johnson really didn't like the chicken he ate. On a more serious note why would you pull out a knife for bad service. Must have some mental health issues.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

Did anyone think to ask what the bad service was? Doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere.....? I find in many restaurants the servers DON'T LISTEN when taking an order........! Let's here the rest of the story and find out what caused the dude to show his knife......


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:28 a.m.

put away old Willa!!


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 3:01 p.m.

by the way, it's "shawshank" NOT "shawshake"!


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 9:51 p.m.

Flavor Flav?

Nicholas Urfe

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

I was just telling my friend that Denny's has too much a salt late at night.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 3:28 p.m.

Too much a pepper, too!


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 8:56 p.m.

That'sa too bad.

ms 2013

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 7:44 p.m.

dont know him but u cannot do that u break the law u pay dearlyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Basic Bob

Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 6:30 p.m.

Interesting charges. I was surprised to learn that one could be charged with assault for opening a pocket knife and threatening someone. It doesn't sound like anyone got close enough to be hurt by it. Of course he should be charged with brandishing a weapon or something along that line. If he actually stabbed someone, I am sorry for the misunderstanding. "Defrauding an innkeeper" sounds like he snuck out of Dodge on the stagecoach.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

I think that "assault" in criminal charges means threatening someone with physical harm. Actually harming them is classified as "battery".


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Assault is the threat wih opportunity Battery is the physical touching.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 5:24 p.m.

He looks happy to be arrested.


Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 7:26 a.m.

he didn't have home outside county....maybe he's been lock up before and maybe for long time so we couldn't live a normal life so wanted to go back...havent YOU SEE SHAW-SHAKE?


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 9:45 p.m.

Probably because he knows he will be fed.