MSP: Michigan man saw ex in truck with new boyfriend, threw rock that bounced, hit girl in minivan

Brandon Clifton facing 3 charges

Brandon Allen Clifton is accused of injuring a 7-year-old girl on Aug. 6, 2022, when he threw a rock at a truck in Bagley Township. (Michigan State Police)

BAGLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Michigan man saw his ex-girlfriend in a truck with her new boyfriend and threw a rock at them, but the rock bounced off and ricocheted through the windshield of a passing minivan, injuring a 7-year-old girl, state police said.

Officials said the incident happened at 7:26 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 6) on McCoy Road in Bagley Township.

The driver of a truck told Michigan State Police that he, his girlfriend, and her two children had been traveling on Plywood Road when they saw her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Allen Clifton, driving a Jeep in the opposite direction, according to authorities.

Clifton, 31, of Gaylord, slammed on his brakes when he saw his ex-girlfriend in the truck, police said. He spun his Jeep around and followed, according to officials.

Brandon Allen Clifton (Michigan State Police)

The driver of the truck said Clifton passed him on McCoy Road and suddenly slammed on his brakes. Clifton pulled out a large rock and threw it in the path of the truck, authorities said.

Officials said the rock ricocheted off the truck and went through the windshield of a Dodge Caravan that was traveling in the opposite direction. A 7-year-old girl in the back seat of the Caravan was injured by flying glass, according to police.

Clifton was arrested and arraigned at 87-B District Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of personal property between $1,000 and $20,000, and littering -- object in vehicle path.

He is being held at the Otsego County Jail on $2,000 bond, cash/surety.

Police said they recovered the rock from inside the Dodge Caravan.

A rock that was thrown at a truck and went through the windshield of a minivan on Aug. 6, 2022, in Bagley Township. (Michigan State Police)
A minivan that was struck by a rock on Aug. 6, 2022, in Bagley Township. (Michigan State Police)

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