Published October 31, 2007
Mother of 4 stabbed to death in Clinton Twp. condo
By Heidi Roman firstname.lastname@example.org
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Police looking for ex-husband for questioning
CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police would like to question the ex-husband of a 36-year-old Shelby Township woman who was fatally stabbed Oct. 30 in the Clinton Township condo the former couple once shared. It was Clinton Township’s second fatal stabbing in two weeks.
So far, investigators have not been able to locate Thomas John Kuzmak, 47. He has been labeled a person of interest in the murder.
Police discovered the body of Anne Bakunovich at 4 p.m. in the Fox Chase condominium complex on Charter Oaks, near Metropolitan Parkway and Groesbeck in Clinton Township. Investigators were checking the unit because she was reported missing.
“She had been reported missing by her sister she was living with (in Shelby Township),” said Clinton Township Capt. Richard Maierle. “She had not been seen since earlier Monday (Oct. 29).”
Shelby Township police had asked Clinton Township officers to check the condo earlier in the day Oct. 30. Everything was locked up and no one answered, Maierle said. Shelby Township police later obtained a search warrant of the residence to check on Bakunovich’s welfare. Her body was found with multiple stab wounds inside the residence, and Clinton Township investigators were called immediately.
Police would like to question Kuzmak, her ex-husband, in the incident.
“He has an extensive criminal history,” Maierle said. “Attempted murder, robbery, burglary.”
Kuzmak and Bakunovich are divorced, though it was not immediately clear for how long.
Bakunovich has three sons and one daughter, ages 8 to 13, who were living with her in Shelby Township with her sister. Kuzmak is not believed to be the father, Maierle said.
Reportedly, the former couple was fixing up the condo together in order to sell it. It was not clear whether or not Kuzmak had been living in the condo in the meantime.
Maierle said the condominium complex is known to be safe.
Kuzmak is 6 feet 3 inches tall and 190 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and many tattoos. Investigators believe he may be driving a maroon 1999 Dodge minivan belonging to the victim. The license plate number is 2HX S87.
Anyone who sees Kuzmak should contact local police immediately.
“Do not approach him,” Maierle said. “He is considered armed and dangerous.”
Bakunovich’s was the third homicide of 2007 in Clinton Township, and the second fatal stabbing in two weeks. On Oct. 23, Grace Bommarito, 43, was found stabbed to death in the Peri Manor Apartments. Three days later, her live-in boyfriend, John Bomar, 58, turned himself in to Livonia police. The couple had a history of domestic trouble.
In August, 50-year-old Richard Harrison Loury, a casino manager, was fatally shot on his fiancée’s doorstep in the Harbours Apartments off Hall Road. No one has been charged in the murder.