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Man Facing Drugs, Assault Charges After Fracas At Hotel

Michael Tenkku was arraigned Tuesday morning in Mentor Municipal Court

A Mentor man faces drugs and an assault charge after a fracas early Saturday morning at hotel.

An officer was already around the hotel at about 3:30 a.m. when he heard a woman shouting for help, Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said. The sound came from Room 120.

After hearing the shouts, two men and a woman rushed into the room, Zbiegien said.

The officer called for backup and then police entered the room. When they did, they found a man wrestling 37-year-old Michael Tenkku.

Witnesses told police that Tenkku had punched the man's girlfriend in the head, Zbiegien said. The victim, a 32-year-old woman from Perry, had injuries on the left side of her face.

Police tried to arrest Tenkku but he wouldn't calm down until officers threatened to use a Taser on him, Zbiegien said. However, after an officer pulled out his Taser, Tenkku let himself be handcuffed and arrested.

At the police station, officers searched Tenkku and found a plastic bag with cocaine in it, as well as a straw, Zbiegien said.

Consequently, Tenkku was charged with having cocaine, assault, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse.

also searched the hotel room and found two more used straws in a dresser, Zbiegien said.

Tenkku was arraigned Tuesday morning in .

Judge John Trebets set his bond at $11,000, which was not posted.

Tenkku's next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

The following arrest information was supplied by the Mentor Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction. For questions about this story, email jason.lea@patch.com.

CCRady January 04, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Is it just me or does it seem like Motel 6 in Mentor is Drug Haven? They should clean that place up - more busts like this.
Pathfinder January 04, 2012 at 12:09 PM
What could possibly go bad at a $30/night hotel by the freeway? There should be a cop parked in that lot 24/7. And if by "clean that place up" you mean clean it up with a bulldozer, I fully agree.
David March 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Did they tickle him for punishment?

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