Loaded Guns, Marijuana Found in Farms Arrest

Grosse Pointe Farms poilce arrested a man at gunpoint this week after he nearly hit an officer with his truck and failed to follow commands. Two loaded weapons--a handgun and a rifle--were taken into evidence.

Two guns loaded with ammunition along with several bags of marijuana were taken into evidence this week when police arrested a 43-year-old Detroit man at gunpoint on Muskoka Road near Grosse Pointe Boulevard.

Venson Givhan, 43, has already been arraigned in Grosse Pointe Farms municipal court on several felony charges. He will appear before the judge again next week for a preliminary exam.

According to a report, an officer was in the midst of a traffic stop near Kercheval and Moross about 2 a.m. Aug. 26 when Givhan approached the intersection, came to a stop for a red light and then revved his engine and drove through the red light.

The officer used his flashlight to get the attention of the driver, Givhan, ordering him to stop, but he did not follow the officer's command, nearly hit him with his truck and then continued driving and turned onto Grosse Pointe Boulevard.

The officer ran back to his police car and began trying to find the truck, which was on Muskoka Road. The officer used his lights and siren to get Givhan to stop but he only came to a stop after reaching the dead-end portion of the street.

With his gun drawn, the officer ordered Givhan to get out of the truck but he did not follow the repeated command and began reaching into the back of his truck where the officer could not see. A few minutes later, he finally got out of the truck and began walking toward the officer.

The officer ordered him to the ground and Givhan followed that direction. The officer held the man at gunpoint until backup officers arrived on the scene, at which time he was arrested, according to the report. 

During the arrest, officers found an empty holster on the man's right hip--leading them to a handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets on the street. A rifle containing one round in the chamber and 22 rounds in a magazine was also on the backseat of the truck. They also found two bags of marijuana in Givhan's shirt pocket and several bags in the truck.

Givhan remains in police custody awaiting his preliminary exam. According to a criminal history search officers did during the investigation, he has had contact with the law related to felony murder, homicide, felony weapons offenses and more.

Givhan was initially charged with possession of marijuana, obstructing police, possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

He provided a breath sample for a portable test at the scene of the traffic stop, which showed he had a 0.22 percent blood alcohol content. He later refused to take the more formal test at the police station, according to the report.

Shanta September 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Mark September 01, 2012 at 01:52 AM
It really makes you wonder why these people are traveling through GP. Are they like Towlie and so high they don't know what's going on? Just a few blocks away is complete safety and anonymity where the likelihood of a traffic stop is almost zero.
John Chronos September 01, 2012 at 09:49 AM
"Leading them to a handgun... on the street." With 0.22 blood alcohol this could have ended up far more dramatic than it did. And it's a good thing this guy didn't know he was on a dead end street or he would certainly have taken his excitement on the road. Then again, this fine upstanding citizen may have matured a little since the Appeals Court gave him a new trial in 2005 on his first degree murder conviction for shooting his landlord. Second time around, a sensitive jury convicted Givhan only on felony firearms charges and a more sensitive appeals court agreed with Givhan's lawyer that his sentence for those crimes couldn't be longer than when it was paired with his previous but no longer sentence of life in prison. So he drives drunk with loaded firearms in Grosse Pointe. (If you are interested in the history, some of the highlights are available at http://coa.courts.mi.gov/documents/opinions/final/coa/20070614_c269500_59_269500.opn.pdf)
Chris K September 01, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Wow, nice catch John. Pretty scary stuff for our little bedroom community.
Todd September 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I would like to hear Dan Jensen's strategy for curbing the recent daylight home invasions, rash of car thefts, and gun and drug arrests. Before I criticize, I'd like an opportunity to understand their plan.
GP For Life September 05, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Remember the good ole' days when someone like this would only wander in here once? Pepperidge Farm does.
Bill September 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Put this pos away once and for all, I think things have changed with respect to firearm position during a crime I hope he gets federal charges this time


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