Police: Man arrested in bizarre incident said he wanted to kill L. Brooks Patterson

Guns and marijuana reportedly found in his home

(WXYZ) - Police say a man arrested for assaulting a woman and firing a shotgun also said he wanted to kill Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

James Walter Graves has been charged with felonious assault, malicious destruction of property, assault and battery, manufacture of controlled substances and felony firearms charges.

The original incident happened Wednesday morning on Inner Road in Brandon Township when police were called to the neighborhood on reports of a man carrying a gun.

Graves was eventually found near Patterson and Flint Street based on a report of a man with a shotgun wearing camouflage clothing. There was also a report of someone hearing two gun shots.

Deputies blocked off the area and Graves was taken into custody after he attempted to run to his home. No gun was found on him at the time of his arrest.

It was while police were searching him at the scene that he reportedly said he wanted to kill Patterson, as well as the police.

Police say he was arrested because of the assault charges, and not because of any threats he made.

After arresting Graves, police searched his home. Inside the home they found three handguns, including a .357 magnum Ruger handgun, 14 long guns and 2 crossbows.

In addition to the weapons, police say they also found a large marijuana grow operation in the basement, including 25 large and mature marijuana plants. A large quantity of dried marijuana and paraphernalia was also located.

Officials say Graves has a Concealed Pistol License and is a Medical Marijuana card holder.

While interviewing witnesses police were told that Graves had punched a 53-year-old woman in the face before threatening to shoot her. Witnesses also said that Graves pointed a shot gun at a 30-year-old woman who was driving by.

After the incident Patterson was made aware of the threats Graves made against him.

"This is somewhat disconcerting since the individual tried to reach me two days before his arrest," Patterson said. "I commend the Oakland County Sheriff's Office for their quick response and arrest in Brandon Township Wednesday. They are true professionals."

According to Patterson's office, Graves called the office around 3:00 p.m. Monday saying he wanted to talk to the County Executive about "the project".

The call was not put through because nobody recognized his name or knew what he was talking about.

Patterson was then contacted about the Wednesday incident by Sheriff Michael Bouchard and it was then determined that the two incidents were connected.

Graves is being help in the Oakland County Jail.

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