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Posted on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 6:49 a.m.

Man accused of hitting woman with belt in Ann Arbor parking structure

By Lee Higgins

Ann Arbor police arrested a man early Sunday after witnesses told them he hit a woman in the back with a belt in the Fourth and William parking structure.

Willie Peavy, 21, of Dayton, Ohio, was arraigned Sunday morning at the Washtenaw County Jail on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon, police said.



He was released that afternoon on a $5,000 bond, with a right to post 10 percent, jail officials said.

About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a reported disturbance outside Dream Nite Club in the 300 block of South 4th Avenue, police Lt. Mark St. Amour said. Officers saw a large crowd, so they turned on their sirens, police said, prompting people to scatter.

Near the same time, witnesses reported seeing a man hit a woman with a belt on the first floor of the parking structure, and police said several of them tried to intervene.

Police said Peavy swung the belt several times at the woman, hitting her at least once in the back. Officers ordered him to drop the belt, but he refused, St. Amour said.

An officer deployed pepper spray and took Peavy into custody. The woman did not need medical attention.

Police said Peavy assaulted the woman because of a dispute he had been involved in earlier that night in the club. St. Amour did not know what the dispute was about.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.



Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 2:03 p.m.

Given what we know we can guess from the arrested persons alleged actions no alcholol was invloved. He was just tired from dancing & too much work to drop the belt when the police asked him. Pepper spray might awake me better in the mornings.


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 2:52 a.m.

This place attracts some of the best people. So, who's on the line up for next week? The police is have been doing a lot of business with this place. Why stop now?


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 4:03 p.m.

Don't they call this type of shirt ( a wife beater shirt ?? ) Yes, please just close this place down.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 2:31 p.m.

Please finally close this club down. Make an example of this fine gentleman. Maybe then his kind will decide it is better to cut a big wide circle around this awful business.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 4:59 p.m.

It happened in the parking garage. Are you demanding that it be closed down?


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 1:29 p.m.

Why would the people scatter when the officer turned on his siren? (Unless maybe they were in the road blocking the squad car?)


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 1:11 p.m.

Allegedly hitting a woman? I hope the judge takes his man card if the facts as reported turn out to be true.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 1:21 p.m.

Yes, and the officer allegedly told him to drop the belt and he allegedly didn't comply, so he is allegedly in some alleged deep doo doo.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 12:21 p.m.

Why cant people just have a good time anymore? How were these people raised that when they go out to have fun they have to wreak it with voilence, one person gets hurt and the other goes to jail. If your woman/man aint acting right, replace them. Find someone you actually like and be with them.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 12:45 p.m.

It's called alcohol and too much of it causes some people to act extremely irrationally. It is one of the most widely abused and damaging drugs in this country and we need to get rid of it for our children's sake.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 12:20 p.m.

That particular style of tee shirt will not be helping his case any. I hope he changes prior to his arraignment.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 11:26 a.m.

This club sounds classy. Would I need a jacket and tie to get in? Also, DAYTON?!?!? Another thug from OUT OF TOWN beating up on our populace!!!

mike gatti

Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 11:36 a.m.

If you don't wear a neck tie they can provide you with one.