Officer recovering after assault

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Alexander Pitman Snively, 711 Clinton Ave., Apt. 2, was arraigned in 58th District Court and demanded a preliminary examination. He faces a count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and a count of assaulting/resisting or obstructing a police officer. The first assault charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Public defender Joe Legatz was appointed as Snively's attorney.

The officer Snively allegedly injured, Joe Schulte, suffered non-life-threatening head injuries and was taken by another officer to the hospital after the early-Sunday assault, Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said.

Hawke said he expected Schulte to be off work for at least a couple of days.

“He is OK,” Hawke said Monday. “He is recovering at home.”

Police were called to Snively's upstairs apartment at about 2:55 a.m. Sunday for a noise disturbance. Hawke said that's where Schulte was hit over the head multiple times with a wine bottle.

A fight ensued, but the suspect was eventually subdued with the use of a Taser and then handcuffed, Hawke said.

Schulte was able to call for help, and responding Grand Haven public safety officers and Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies came to his aid.

“I saw the policeman sitting on the end of my steps,” said the downstairs neighbor, who asked not to be identified. “Another guy was helping him. He could hardly walk.”

The neighbor said all of the lights were on in the upstairs apartment when she came home at 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Her son was sleeping, but woke up when they heard a loud banging.

When the noise continued, the neighbor said she knocked on Matt Snively’s door and asked him to have his son (Alexander) quit playing the drums. After a short discussion, the neighbor decided to try to wait out the drumming — but then “he started playing really loud,” she said.

“There were 10-12 really loud bangs,” the neighbor said. “It shook the house.”

She called 911 and police arrived within a few minutes.

The neighbor said she wasn’t irate. She told police that she didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, but she did want to be able to sleep. She said that's when the officer went upstairs.

“I heard glass breaking, screaming, wrestling around and more glass breaking,” she said. “People were yelling, then I heard Alexander say, ‘All right, I’ll stop.’”

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