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Posted on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 11:05 a.m.

Police: Man hit on head with champagne bottle during argument over orange juice

By John Counts

A 39-year-old Detroit man needed stitches after he was hit on the head with a champagne bottle during an argument with his sister's brother-in-law over the consumption of orange juice.

The man told Ypsilanti police he was attacked Wednesday night at his sister's residence in the 100 block of South Grove Street. He had come to the house to baby-sit for his sister's children, Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts said.

The man became upset with the brother of his sister's husband because he drank orange juice the first man was saving to serve to the children, police said.

"It was an argument over drinking a lot of orange juice," Eberts said.

At first, the argument was verbal. As the Detroit man was sitting at a computer desk, however, the other man, 32, allegedly hit him on the back of the head with a champagne bottle, police said.

The 32-year-old man then fled and the 39-year-old Detroit man went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he received stitches and was released, police said.

Police continue to investigate and are searching for the 32-year-old man.

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Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 8:35 a.m.

"As the Detroit man was sitting at a computer desk, however, the other man, 32, allegedly hit him on the back of the head with a champagne bottle..." Note to self: never sit at your computer desk when someone wielding a champagne bottle is standing behind you. Also re: "the other man,32,..." "32" is a highly unusual name, isn't it? Is that a gangsta name? His last name wouldn't happen to be "33" would it?

Susan Ursus

Fri, Jan 18, 2013 : 2:30 a.m.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Lynn Glazewski

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

This is yet another good example of how gun control would work. Had the bottle-weilding idiot had access to a semi-automatic weapon from the gun show he attended the day before, the juice-drinking idiot would be dead and not recovering at home with a few stitches in his head.....

Ann English

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

You don't stop criminals with gun control, only law-abiding citizens. Where there are gun-free zones, it's much easier for criminals to hurt and kill law-abiding citizens, for they know that their would-be victims are defenseless. The best part of this story is that the father was not involved. It's best for children to grow up having two parents in their home caring for them. It would be traumatic for them if their father had been the juice-drinker, tried, convicted, and punished by law enforcement, separated from his wife and kids.


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 12:47 p.m.

Sounds as if he got out of babysitting for the night.


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 3:38 a.m.

Vintage champagne has reportedly come to auction over the years in bottles linked to the deaths of several members of the French aristocracy. Some observers say there is an entire secret society headquartered in a remote French Alpine redoubt dedicated to mastering the art of using champagne bottles for personal defense. It isn't clear to sociologists whether these acolytes are under a vow of silence or perpetually stupified, but little of their arcane practices has thus far been made public.

Ann English

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 1:51 a.m.

You bring to mind the song, "Lily the Pink," where in the verse about Reggie Klinger the opera singer, "Now they break glasses over his head," meaning drinking glasses. I have seen one movie where a star in the movie broke glasses over others' heads, killing them. After seeing that movie (it may have been one with Burt Lancaster, it was on a library DVD), I chose to believe what the movie related about breaking bottles on heads rather than the song's impression, that Reggie never suffered from the effects of the glasses broken over his head; Lily's medicinal compound ruined his opera singing ability.


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 4:12 p.m.

Great LOL, Nick. Now we know where at least some of the French aristocracy REALLY went.


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 3 a.m.

"I get no kick from Champagne. . ."


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 4:09 p.m.

Well, somebody did.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 9:58 p.m.

It's called a Mimosa on the rocks, not the head, Happy New Year!


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

It's MIMOSA - and when it's not occupied being a drink, it's a kind of fragrant tropical flower.

Nicholas Urfe

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 7:42 p.m.

OJ. It's not just for breakfast anymore.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:50 p.m.

Sounds like the juice got loose.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:29 p.m.

This isn't very funny, though everyone seems to think so. Champagne bottles are heavy and a strike to the back of the head could kill someone. I hope he is caught and doesn't appear before Malinda Morris.

mike gatti

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 12:46 p.m.

Glad you are so concerned about the juice consumer and your knowledge of beverage decanters is quite impressive. However, your cheap shot at Judge Morris was a little late. She retired as of December 31.

Boo Radley

Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

You are right, of course ... violence and injury is not funny ... However ... a story about an assault with a champagne bottle over someone drinking all of the orange juice? Now that is almost too much of a set up for jokes to be true. Unless someone had never heard of a mimosa, but then they could look it up and catch up.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:21 p.m.

Try making mamosas with Looza's WAY better than your plain jane mamosa.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

"with his sister's brother-in-law" Wouldn't that make them brother in law's to each other? If so wouldn't "with his brother in law" be less clunky?

Ann English

Sun, Jan 6, 2013 : 1:42 a.m.

A brother-in-law is one's spouse's brother or one's sister's husband. As I read the news article, "brother-in-law's brother" came to mind. Which the 32-year-old is to the 39-year-old. Both men are uncles by blood to the children, the Detroiter on their mother's side, the attacker on their father's side. The Detroiter's brother-in-law is the father of the children.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:35 p.m.

His sister's husbands brother would be how "his sister's brother in law" works, so it could be correct.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 4:43 p.m.

The Ypsi on Detroit violence must stop.


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 12:09 a.m.

Bums don't count as townies leaguebus.


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

Must be you missed the story just before this one on the news tab. The one about the Ann Abor man being mugged?


Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

What is the name of that beverage again...That's right, "Bamosa". One part orange juice, one part champagne, and one part bottle...


Sat, Jan 5, 2013 : 1:44 p.m.

I think it was " mameosa "...

Boo Radley

Fri, Jan 4, 2013 : 5:28 p.m.

Well ... there you go ... You show a little wit and someone has to go and give you a down vote. ?