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Prosecutor Authorizes Warrants Against Man Who Accosted Churchgoers

May 28, 1986

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) _ Charges have been authorized against a 30-year-old man who held churchgoers hostage before they took up a collection and bought his gun, officials said today.

The warrants filed district court in Cadillac charge Gregory Rolland Danford, of Harrietta, with kidnapping, felonious assault, felonious assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and felony possession of a firearm, said Wexford County Prosecutor David Hogue.

Hogue said he did not know if the court had signed the warrants. Telephone calls to the court went unanswered this morning.

Danford was arrested Sunday at Harrietta Methodist Church.

According to authorities, a man walked into the church carrying a deer rifle. One church member talked the man into releasing him and his son, and they called state troopers. While troopers drove the 15 miles from Cadillac to Harrietta, church members talked the man into selling them his gun for $500.

Danford is being examined at the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Center, said state police Lt. Bob Moylan. A probate hearing for Danford will be held at the hospital Thursday, Moylan said.

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