LAPEER, MI – On Wednesday October 9th, 2020, at 12:29 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to a residence on Stanley Road in Columbiaville. It was reported that four individuals had went to the home and had assaulted a teenage boy. Deputies were able to quickly confirm those findings.
Two of the assailants were known to the victim and two were not. The alleged reason these individuals went to this particular house was to settle a debt that the teenager had with one of the assailants.
The teenager was allegedly assaulted outside the home initially and then was physically escorted inside where subsequent threats followed. Those threats were elevated when those assaulting the boy made actions that body parts would be severed.
It was determined that items were removed from the residence. The four suspects fled the property and that is when 911 was able to be contacted.
The teenager did not require immediate medical attention for his injuries.
Deputies investigated this alleged crime and identified three of the four individuals that were involved in the assault.
Tatum Fike, 21-years-old, of Flint, was identified as the main suspect. Formal criminal charges were requested against him. Lapeer County Assistant Prosecutor David Campbell issued the following felony charges that the defendant is now facing:
- Assault with intent to rob while armed (life)
- Home Invasion 1st Degree (20 year maximum)
- Extortion (20 year Maximum)
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation
On Wednesday October 28th, 2020, at 9:00 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of Flint Area Narcotics Group (FANG) executed a search warrant at Tatum Fike’s residence within the City of Flint.
Tatum Fike refused to exit the house for a period of time. The only communication he had with deputies was through a window. The front door was forcibility breached after negotiations stalled and threat levels increased.
While entry was occurring through the front door, Tatum Fike exited the house through the back door. He was taken into custody without incident by deputies and officers positioned at the rear of the home.
Once inside the residence, authorities found weapons (handguns and assault rifles) and evidence of illegal narcotics. Genesee County Animal Control responded to assist with pit bulls that were found to be inside of the house.
Flint Area Narcotics Groups (FANG operated by Michigan State Police) is investigating the findings that were found once they were able to make entry into the home. It is likely that he may face additional criminal charges within Genesee County.
Tatum Fike was transported to the Lapeer County Court Complex. Around 11:00 AM, Fike was arraigned within the 71-A District Court of Lapeer on the arrest warrant only.
Bond was set at one million dollars. He remains locked up at the Lapeer County Jail until being able to post bond. The next schedule court date is November 6th, 2020.