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Posted on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Police: Man sabotages microwave to start fire at Ann Arbor hotel

By Kyle Feldscher

A 33-year-old Ann Arbor man jonesing for a late-night snack decided to destroy the breakfast bar area of a local hotel and started a fire by sabotaging a microwave, police said.


Derek May

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office

Derek May, 33, was arrested after Ann Arbor police and firefighters responded about 2 a.m. Wednesday to the Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor police Detective Bill Stanford said. Stanford said May told him in an interview he was with a friend earlier in the night and was hungry when he returned to the hotel.

May tried to find some food and then began throwing items around the breakfast bar area of the hotel, Stanford said.

“He was using food items to damage the kitchen and was basically destroying items and tables and chairs and such,” Stanford said.

May also sabotaged a microwave, causing it to light on fire, Stanford said. A hotel employee called emergency personnel after seeing smoke coming from the breakfast bar area.

There was no damage estimate immediately available. Stanford said May was found hiding under a vehicle in the hotel’s parking lot.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident, Stanford said.

Court records show May is facing charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a crime, larceny in a building, malicious destruction of personal property between $200 and $1,000 and malicious destruction of a building between $200 and $1,000.

May was arraigned Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. He was lodged at the jail on a 10 percent of $5,000 bond on the breaking and entering charge, records show. He’s scheduled to return to court for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. April 25, according to jail records.

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Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

I had no idea the word jonesing was so hated by the community. Duly noted.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

jonesing is not professional...thats why...sounds like high school talk


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 6:31 p.m.

"Alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident." Do you think? Alcohol & stupidity.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 6:09 p.m.

So - why all the complaining about 'jonesing"? If you did know what it meant, you got the story right away. Those that didn't know - should know now. Are people afraid to learn new words? Or are they just too lazy to look up any new word and want to be spoon-fed? (anybody need the definition of spoon-fed?)

Nicholas Urfe

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:12 p.m.

I wonder if they had any snacks at the jail?

peg dash fab

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Jonesing? SRSLY?


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:36 p.m.

Derek May = Coach Kickembooty


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:55 a.m.

Grow up.

greg s

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 10:47 a.m.

wonderful alcohol

tom swift jr.

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 3:13 a.m.

"A 33-year-old Ann Arbor man jonesing for a late-night snack " I guess we don't have editors any longer.

Donna Samuelson

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 10:25 p.m.

Someone used their thesaurus today :)

An Arborigine

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

When did "the munchies" become an extreme sport?

Kitty O'Brien

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 9:31 p.m.

Sabotaging? Seems like it was more of a "tampering" situation. Unless he was rigging the unit so it would explode on another guest? Either way, it's terrible.

Ellis Sams

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 9:22 p.m.

What does "jonesing" mean?


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:52 a.m.

Come on - how could anyone vote "down" on Basketball Jones?

Ann English

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1:55 a.m.

Having an eager or intense desire.

Ellis Sams

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

So if I understand this, the man was hungry.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:28 p.m.

a2citizen....Just don't ask me about my record. signed...Jo Jo Bubba Jr


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:14 p.m.

Ever heard of Basketball Jones?


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 10:06 p.m.

Not sure if you are serious but if you know anyone who smokes cigarettes when they haven't one for a while they start " jonesing " for one

Kitty O'Brien

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

I suggest doing a "jonesing definition origin" browser search.