Crawford County Sheriff’s Office
200 West Michigan Avenue
Grayling Michigan 49738


Wednesday September 25th, 2013


Crawford County Sheriff Kirk A. Wakefield states that on Sunday September 22, 2013, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence in Crawford County for a trespassing complaint.  When officer’s arrived at the complaint, Officers observed a male subject holding a single shot shotgun and a second male subject sitting in a lawn chair.  The man holding the weapon was later identified as Thomas Donald, the property owner.

Deputies ordered Mr. Donald to drop the weapon and get onto the ground.  Mr. Donald did as requested and got onto the ground. He was handcuffed for safety reasons while the complaint was investigated.  The male subject sitting in the lawn chair who was later identified as the trespasser was also handcuffed for safety during the investigation. 

The subject who had been operating his dirt bike on Mr. Donald’s property stated that he was riding his dirt bike to a friend’s home through the woods when he was confronted by Mr. Donald who had a shotgun and advised to get off the bike and take his helmet off.  The dirt bike rider states that Mr. Donald ordered him to give his Michigan I.D. to Mr. Donald and walk the bike out of the woods to Donald’s residence.  Officers were informed that Mr. Donald had the shotgun pointed at the trespasser while walking out of the woods and advised him that he would shoot out his tires if he attempted to leave.

Donald was arraigned on September 23, 2013, posted bond, and is currently awaiting court action. Donald was also cited for illegal baiting by the DNR.

The dirt bike rider was cited by the DNR for recreational trespassing.      




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