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Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 10:19 a.m.

Police: Man smashes bottle on head of rival suitor

By John Counts

A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested in Ann Arbor after breaking a bottle on the head of a man he thought was making romantic advances toward his girlfriend, police say.

Officers were called to East Ann Street and North Fourth Avenue at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of an assault, Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush said.

A 47-year-old Ann Arbor man and a 30-year-old woman who resides at the Delonis Center homeless shelter, were outside on the sidewalk, Bush said. The woman was waiting for her boyfriend to arrive with her cell phone charger.

When the 34-year-old man showed up, he saw the two together and became jealous, police said.

"(He) ran across the street and hit him with a bottle,” Bush said.

Witnesses said purple liquid showered over the victim when the bottle broke on his head, Bush added, but the police report did not specify what kind of bottle it was.

Police say the 34-year-old man also kicked the 47-year-old. The 34-year-old was arrested and taken to the Washtenaw County Jail. Charges of assault and battery could be pending, police said.

The 47-year-old man was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital for rib pain and a cut near his left ear. There was no more information to release about his condition Thursday morning.

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Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

Love Potion Number Ni-I-I-I-Ine!


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

Gone are the days of gentleman and a good duel over the love of a lady done wrong.


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 1:26 a.m.

Now the 47 y/o has all the time in the world to make his move.


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 12:01 a.m.

So the homeless mans girlfriend had a CELL PHONE. I mean if i was homeless and my girl had a phone of course I'd be jealous.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 8:37 p.m.

Anger management might be in order?


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

Um....why was my comment deleted?

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:26 p.m.

------Breaking News------- oops...couldn't resist


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

How do you know either man was a suitor? The true definition of "suitor" is a man looking to marry a particular woman. I would bet that neither man was looking to marry that particular woman. I know it must have sounded good, it being Valentine's Day and all, but come on, lol


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:04 p.m.

Love stinks.

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:47 p.m.

"the police report did not specify what kind of bottle it was." Glass. Broken glass, to be specific.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

Bum Fights are back!


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:22 p.m.

Don't know where these folks are from, but Delonis Center is attracting a lot of people from Wayne county. There was a fight that happened at the Downtown Library 2 days ago involving folks from the Delonis Center.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:24 p.m.

Wayne county is probably bussing them here.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

Got to love our wacky overflowing population of homeless people! Such a boon to our community.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

I think we're all overlooking the most important part of this story: this homeless dude is robbing the cradle! He's 47 and she's 30!


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:01 p.m.

How do you know the 47 year old wasn't with the 30 year old? You're assuming he took a bottle to the head for nothing!


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

No - Ther perp is 34. He beat up a 47 yo.

ms 2013

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww thats right defend her honor


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:39 p.m.

I'm happy to have stepped in, as a taxpayer, to cover the bill for the rib pain.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:23 p.m.

Sorry, but this is the kind of news that is usually put in something like People Magazine on a celebrity....and then followup comments gallore. The caption says nothing about the man being homeless...yet the story totally elaborates on it. He's a man...period. I hope everyone got their morning laugh at the expense of someone else. Happy Valentines DAy.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:39 p.m.

This is the most exciting headline i have ever read on


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

I find it interesting...all of these jokes about a homeless person. Yet, I researched and found an article on the shelter...and there was not ONE comment on that when it was published. Thank goodness there is such a place.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:05 p.m.

Yeah, I get the jokes...hardy harr harr. But, there's nothing funny about being homeless. These people live a whole different lifestyle than we do. This story is sad, if you ask me.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:40 p.m.

Yes, we had a good laugh. Thanks for asking!:)


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

Quit harshing our buzz, man!


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:17 p.m.

Purple drank no doubt

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:05 p.m.

rival suitor? sounds like what i would hear on national geographic

An Arborigine

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:36 p.m.

Why would she stray? Homeless BF offers a warm tent and a place to plug in her charger, apparently.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Mad Dog 20/20 is purple

John Counts

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 2:58 p.m.

And for those who don't watch re-runs of "Sanford and Son" all the time like me, "Champipple" is a mixture of champagne or ginger ale and ripple.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

C'mon Fred Sanford had better taste than that. It was "Champipple" that was his favorite.

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:50 p.m.

Maybe it was Ripple. Fred Sanford's favorite.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

Fine bum wine.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

AND how would you know that? :)


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Wow, is that stuff still around?


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:28 p.m.

John - Not sure why you felt compelled to list the "perp" as homeless, BUT not the women. "and a 30-year-old woman who resides at the Delonis Center." The Delonis building is a homeless shelter. So essentially a homeless man was fighting for the affection of a homeless woman! Hollywood should make a movie out of this. This is almost as good as "Somewhere in Time". lol :)

John Counts

Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 2:52 p.m.

This is simply the information given to me by police, which was that the man was homeless and the woman was at Delonis. That's how it was in the police report.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7:35 p.m.

Not sure of your point here. Is it absolutely critical to fully describe a bystander?

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:25 p.m.

Did the bottle in question have a 10 cent deposit?

John of Saline

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 8:07 p.m.

Were its remains recycled ceremonially?


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

For those who are not well versed in the ways of the street, it was Purple Drank.

John of Saline

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 7 p.m.



Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:18 p.m.

Purple liquid was his Valentines day LOOOOVEEEEE potion then he got mad and had to defend his womans honor...or so he thought...I wonder if she ended up getting the charger that she needed.?


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

Purple liquid? Hmm, perhaps it was Romulan Ale, that certainly would explain a lot.


Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 7:17 p.m.

WalkingJoe, I may be wrong about this, but I could swear that Romulan Ale is blue?

Mr. Ed

Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:54 p.m.

Love is in the air! Happy Valentines day.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:52 p.m.

Yes, what a nice, romantic story for Valentine's Day.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 3:47 p.m.

Ahhh! Chivalry lives, and on Valentine's day no less.


Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

The incident took place yesterday afternoon.