A Michigan man has been arrested for threatening violence against an Amish family, while equipped with a large knife. But when you actually read this story, you’ve got to wonder why it took so long.
The incident occurred in Manistee County, though the man is said to be from Clare (also home to a significant Amish population). From upnorthlive.com:
On Monday, Aug. 7, 2023, a husband and wife made a report at the MSP Kaleva Detachment that their family had been threatened, state police said in a news release.
The couple, who are Amish, had recently moved to Michigan and said they were threatened the day prior while on their way home from church with their baby.
State police said the family was informed by a fellow church member of a shorter route to their home by taking Healy Lake Road.
As they were traveling on the route in their buggy, a man later identified as Sensing “came from somewhere off the roadway waving a large knife trying to get them to stop,” state police said.
The husband then stopped the buggy not thinking that Sensing was going to threaten them.
“Sensing then told the Amish family if they ever traveled this road again, there would be big problems,” state police said. “The victim said that he’s learned that Sensing has threatened other Amish people in the area as well.”
This might be a case of mental illness, simple hatred of the Amish, or some of both. Sensing had additional comments (delivered to a state trooper for good measure) that suggest he’s not fond of Amish people:
A state police “trooper interviewed Sensing at the end of his driveway near the road,” state police said. “Sensing told the trooper about his hatred of the Amish and made remarks as to what he would do if they didn’t stay away from him.”
One puzzling thing is the fact that this was reported in August, but the arrest warrant was not issued until four months later (late December). This is an example of a story with a gap that needs filling, at least to satisfy my understanding.
I’m not sure why you permit a person who you’ve got an assumedly credible report on – plus supporting comments personally delivered to a lawman – to go without charges for such an extended period. Maybe there is some sort of investigative aspect I’m missing.
Since he’s described as being from Clare, I thought maybe he was simply not local and thus hard to identify. But no, we’re told that he delivered his hatred-of-the-Amish comments to the trooper “at the end of his driveway”. So given what’s presented in the article, this one has me scratching my head.
I’m also not sure how a person develops such a hatred for another group of people, to the extent you’re waving knives at a couple with a baby, but there you have it. Unable to post bond, Sensing remains at Manistee County Jail.