A Michigan man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly assaulting his wife with an umbrella while he was cleaning his home, authorities said.
The arrest of 34-year-old John Michael Brown on Monday comes after he allegedly attacked his wife, Ashley, and her friends on Monday night in a house in the 400 block of S. Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids, according to a statement from the Grand Rapids Police Department.
Brown was taken into custody on Monday afternoon and charged with domestic violence.
Brown is being held on $10,000 bond.
Ashley Brown told Fox 5 News that she and her family were living with her husband when he showed up on their doorstep to clean.
She said she and Brown’s wife have been arguing for months, with Brown accusing her of being a prostitute.
Brown and Ashley had an argument last year, and in March of this year, Brown allegedly attacked Ashley with a large broom, knocking her down several times, according the statement.
Ashley told Fox affiliate WOOD-TV that Brown had her keys and a phone and was driving around the house.
She was able to escape by breaking a window, and when she saw her husband driving away, she jumped out of her window and ran, she said.
Brown had previously been arrested on a domestic violence charge.
Ashley said Brown was an abusive husband, and she said she has to protect herself from him.
“It’s just crazy.
He doesn’t care about anybody.
I just feel like he’s just not like this, that he could hurt anybody, and he can’t,” she said in the statement, adding that she was hoping for an intervention by law enforcement.
Ashley is not related to Brown, but Ashley’s brother, Ryan, said he thinks Brown has mental issues.
“He’s definitely mentally ill,” Ryan Brown told The Detroit News.
Ashley says she had to hire a private investigator to track down her estranged husband.
Ashley has been living with Brown and his brother since March of 2016.
She says he broke into her house on a daily basis.
She also says Brown has been violent toward her and her two daughters.
Ashley, Ashley and her daughters were left with no place to stay after Brown moved in.
Ashley’s mother said she contacted police and Brown was released from the county jail on a $5,000 cash bond.
“The court order allows the family to be reunited with their loved ones and that’s what we’re going to try to do, we’re trying to take our kids to the park with them, because they’ve been so scared and scared,” Ashley’s sister, Amanda Jones, told Fox News.
Brown’s attorney, Brian Stahl, told the local CBS affiliate WZZM that he did not know of any previous domestic violence incidents in Michigan and that his client had been a good husband to his wife and children.
He said that Brown was being treated for depression and anxiety and that he believes his client will eventually get better.
“This is a really sad case, a really tragic case,” Stahl told WZZW.
“His family is devastated.
I hope they can get some healing, some hope.”
Ashley’s attorney told FoxNews.com that Brown has an ongoing substance abuse problem and that her husband may have been prescribed medication for his mental health issues.
Police said Brown also faces charges of driving under the influence, disorderly conduct and driving on a suspended license.