CHARLEVOIX MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER

KeNen Michael-Damian Borths, 24, Charlevoix, has been charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of sending an explosive with intent to damage or destroy property.

The arrest arises from an Aug. 8 incident during which a “Molotov cocktail” was thrown through the window of a residence in the City of Charlevoix.

According to a police affidavit filed in the matter, the explosive device was thrown into a bedroom window where two residents were present. Police responded and found a broken rum bottle with a partially burned towel in the neck and a strong smell of gasoline in the home.

Police later received a tip that Borths may have been the perpetrator and that the motivation for the crime may have been anger related to a domestic situation.

City of Charlevoix Police followed up on the tip with assistance from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

“I would like to thank all of the agencies who assisted in this investigation, including the Michigan State Police and the Secret Service, as well as Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI,” City of Charlevoix Police Chief Gerard Doan said.

A search warrant was obtained for Borths’ cell phone records including cell tower locations. These records indicated that he was in the May Street area at the time of the incident.

A witness initially supplied an alibi for Borths, but the witness later changed his story and admitted that he drove Borths to May Street and dropped him off. When leaving the vehicle, with a rum bottle smelling of gasoline in his hand, Borths reportedly said that he was “going to take care of business.”

The witness said he then drove further down May Street and waited to pick up Borths. When Borths returned to the vehicle a short time later, he was out of breath and admitted that he had thrown the bottle through a window.

Borths was arraigned this morning and bond was set at one million dollars.

The assault with intent to murder charges carry a maximum penalty of life in prison and charge for sending an explosive has a maximum of 20 years in prison.

A probable cause conference in the matter is scheduled for Sept. 15 and a preliminary examination for Sept. 22.

At this point, the charges against Borths are merely allegations and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

About Allen Telgenhof

Allen Telgenhof is the Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney; he has been an attorney since 1989 and a high school baseball coach since 2005. Graduated from Clio High School, Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Proud father of Ty, Ally, Will and Luke and husband to Erin.
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