Outside a Home Depot parking lot, a customer with a handgun stopped a shoplifting suspect from slashing a security officer with a contaminated needle and syringe.
Joshua J. Silva, 26, was arrested a short time after the incident at the Home Depot.
Silva was ordered held in the Macomb County Jail on $25,000 bond after being arraigned on second-degree retail fraud, a one-year misdemeanor, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, a 10-year felony. A preliminary exam is set for April 2 in 39th District Court in Roseville.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said that Silva claimed he is addicted to heroin, but it is not believed he was on the drug at the time of the assault. Berlin said Silva began to fight with store loss prevention officers in the parking lot when they tried to apprehend him for stuffing a $179 battery-powered drill under his coat. Silva pulled a concealed syringe from his jacket and used it as a weapon, swinging it around in a slashing motion, police said.
They said he stabbed one of the officers several times with the contaminated needle. Berlin said the victim had more than five puncture wounds on the top of his hand.
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