2018-07-19 / Courts

Floros OK for trial

A 26-year-old Elmwood Township man has been found competent to stand trial for charges stemming from a potentially violent incident at Suttons Bay Public School.

Nikolas K. Floros of 8525 S. Lakeview Ridge Trail was released from the Center for Forensic Psychiatry Tuesday following a competency hearing held via video.

Floros was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon after a Sept. 28 incident in which he walked to the school and threatened to harm people.

At about 1:30 p.m. that day Floros entered the Suttons Bay school as a visitor and then displayed a box cutter to school Principal Shawn Walbecq.

In response, Walbecq and some male teachers convinced the intruder to enter the school’s empty gym while the school was placed on lock-down, with doors to classrooms bolted.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 9-1-1 call within minutes. Floros was interviewed then placed in protective custody and transported to Munson Medical Center.

On Oct. 30, Floros was charged with felonious assault. The following week Family Court Judge Larry Nelson ordered a competency evaluation.

Floros was evaluated on Dec. 20, 2017, and on Jan. 3, 2018, by state forensic investigators who found that we was not competent to stand trial. He was subsequently admitted to the Center for Psychiatry in Saline.

On June 29, he was found competent to stand trial. Nelson signed the order on competency Tuesday.

Floros, who has a history of mental illness, was ordered to remain at the home of his parents under bond conditions originally imposed in the fall.

Assault with a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to four years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

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