PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A man accused of holding a knife to a 7-year-old girl's throat in a Meijer parking lot in Pittsfield Township was in court Thursday for his arraignment.
Melvin Sroufe was supposed to be in court Wednesday, but a day after explaining to the judge why he wanted a lawyer before his arraignment, he sat almost entirely silent with his head down as his case was discussed.
Sroufe, who is homeless and unemployed, according to officials, appeared in a white jumpsuit, signifying that he is a prisoner in protective custody.
A court employee said Sroufe is on suicide watch.
Sroufe is charged with trying to rob a woman in a Meijer parking lot. Police said he held a knife to a 7-year-old girl's throat while demanding her mother get into their car.
When there was a commotion involving bystanders, Sroufe grabbed the woman's wallet and ran away, officials said.
He turned himself in hours after the incident, police said.
Sroufe is on parole from a home invasion in 2001, so even if he could post his $100,000 bail, he wouldn't be released.
You can watch the full arraignment below.
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