Arrested Deputy man has had similar run-ins with the law
Thursday, September 05, 2013 11:00 AM
Court records reveal that a Deputy man arrested Tuesday after an overnight search has a criminal history involving crimes of a similar nature.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Michael A. Stidham, 37, Tuesday morning after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance the previous day.
Before police arrived at the Deputy residence on Monday, Stidham grabbed a can of gasoline and attempted to set the house on fire, according to police.
Court records report that Stidham also fired two shots from a .22 caliber rifle at a family member who was leaving the scene. Stidham fled the scene and police searched the surrounding area until he was located.
Official charges have not been filed. Prosecutors requested and were granted a 72-hour hold on Stidham to determine what charges would be filed. Filing information said likely charges include arson and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Stidham has a pending case alleging violence. He was arrested in August 2012 at the same Deputy location on suspicion of theft of medication.
When police arrived, Stidham became combative and tried to fight officers who handcuffed him, according to court records.
He faces charges of battery, a Class D felony, theft and battery resulting in bodily injury.
Stidham spent two and one-half years in prison for another battery case in 2008. According to court filings, Stidham threatened his family and barricaded himself in his home.
Police eventually got Stidham to leave his house, but when officers tried to take him into custody, he fought back and began punching and kicking officers, according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case. One officer suffered a broken nose and a cut to the lip, court records show.