Ferris student charged with attempted assault

Case is set to go to circuit court

A Ferris student was charged with attempted assault after threatening to stab someone at the McDonald’s drive-thru on early morning Sept. 24.

Nicholas Cool, 18, Ada, was arraigned on several charges on Sept. 26 in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

Charges include one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, a four-year felony; one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; one count of disturbing the peace, a 90-day misdemeanor; and being a minor in possession of alcohol, punishable by fines and community service, according to a report from the Big Rapids Pioneer.

Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell said Cool waived his preliminary hearing and the case will be going to Circuit Court.

Cool was attempting to walk through the drive-thru and workers denied him service. According to police reports, a group of men in a car reportedly offered to drive Cool to the window; Cool agreed to get into the car.

Purcell said when the group pulled up to the first drive-thru window, there was a verbal altercation between the people in the car. When the group got to the second drive-thru window, Cool tried to get out of the car along with another occupant. Cool pulled out a knife and tried to stab the other individual, a male, according to other witnesses in the car.

According to the Pioneer, two deputies were in the drive-thru line a few cars behind them and were alerted of the incident by another McDonald’s employee while the manager called 911. The deputies got out of the car to address the situation and Cool attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended a few blocks away from McDonald’s.

Cool was released on a $500 bond on Oct. 4. The Torch attempted to obtain a police report from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office to contact witnesses; however the report is currently unavailable.