WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The man suspected of dumping large sections of a tree on a Detroit street has been taken into custody after an unrelated court appearance for an indecent exposure incident. He says that occurred because his pants were too large.
Ihor Stetkewycz was in court Thursday facing indecent exposure, malicious destruction of property and disorderly conduct charges in a total of four cases. The charges are in connection with three cases in the city of Warren and another in Macomb County.
A pair of neighbors in court Thursday say they have a personal protection order against Stetkewycz. They say he pulled his pants down in front of their whole family.
Stetkewycz explained the incident by saying, "My mom bought me pants that were ten sizes too big for me."
Still, the neighbors argue they were so fearful of Stetkewycz they had to install cameras to document his erratic behavior.
During Thursday's hearing Stetkewycz was ordered to undergo a competency exam.
He was taken into custody because he missed a pretrial hearing three times before today's hearing.
Stetkewycz showed up to court several hours late on Thursday. He claimed he had spotted one of his stolen cars and tried to chase it down along I-94.
This explanation clearly upset the judge. His bond was set at $50,000 for each count.
7 Action News reporter Tara Edwards tracked Stetkewycz down on Wednesday after a witness reported seeing his truck dumping sections of a tree onto Kalsh Street on Detroit's east side.
Stetkewycz denied dumping the tree, saying he hit a curb and the wood accidentally tumbled out of the truck. We asked him why he would just leave the wood in the street. We were floored by his response.
"You don't have to ask me, and I don't take no orders from no woman by the way. By the way, I don't take no orders from no women," said Stetkewycz.
When asked why he ignored people yelling at him to stop he continued with his offensive comments.
"It must have been a woman and I don't listen to women yelling. I tell them to shut up." he said.
When we asked if he had any plans to clean up the mess he responded:
"Oh yes. I'm Mr. Clean Up. I'm not Mr. Clean. I'm Mr. Clean Up," said Stetkewycz."
He went on to tell 7 Action News that he's from Mars.
Detroit Police are investigating this case and it's not clear whether he will be fined. Jeff Brown, the Detroit man who says he witnessed the dumping, said he will be pressing charges.
Before entering 37th District Court on Thursday afternoon, Stetkewycz turned to 7 Action News cameras to extend and apology to Brown.
Brown asked 7 Action News for help to clean up the mess allegedly left by Stetkewycz. Detroit Police and the city's Forestry Department came to his aid within hours of our phone calls Wednesday.