Share this article

print logo


A man who may have mental problems was arraigned Sunday on charges that he shot a former employee of WDIV-TV in the station's entryway.

Espisanio Rivas Jr., 25, of Detroit, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, felonious assault and using a gun in a felony.

Jerry Dorsey IV, an assistant prosecutor, said a statement Rivas gave to police after wounding 53-year-old John Owens on Friday suggested that Rivas has mental problems, but he did not elaborate. Owens remained in critical condition today.

Rivas' lawyer, Daniel Blank, said Rivas has been receiving federal disability payments since he was young because of a learning disability. Magistrate Sidney Barthwell Jr. entered not guilty pleas for Rivas, set another hearing for April 29 and set bond at $750,000.

Police said the gunman entered an outer set of doors at the station Friday, but a WDIV receptionist refused to let him through an inner set because she recognized him as someone who had allegedly assaulted employees before. She was calling security when he fired a gun.

There are no comments - be the first to comment