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Canton Man Faces Assault Charges After Driving Towards Crowd, Injuring Two

Jesse James Winchester could face up to four years in prison, if convicted.

Jesse James Winchester, 20, of Canton, is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and assault and battery. Photo Credit: Canton Police Department
Jesse James Winchester, 20, of Canton, is charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and assault and battery. Photo Credit: Canton Police Department
A 20-year-old Canton man faces charges after police say he drove a car into a crowd and injured two people, according to a press release.

Jesse James Winchester could face penalties of up to four years in prison if convicted of two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and assault and battery. 

Winchester was ordered to stand trial in Wayne County Circuit Court after he waived his preliminary examination Friday in 35th District Court, according to the Canton Observer

The charges resulted from an incident on Dec. 1 in the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station on Michigan Avenue in Canton. 

Police said Winchester had an argument with multiple parties, including an acquaintance at the gas station. 

Police say Winchester took the acquaintance's car and drove in reverse at a crowd of people, hitting two and causing minor injuries to the victims. 

On Dec. 24, Canton police responded to a disturbance at Winchester’s home, and he was subsequently arrested for assault that occurred on Dec. 1.

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