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Man accused of attacking elderly

June 14, 2013

A Sterling Heights man who police describe as having a history of paranoid schizophrenia is accused of hitting two senior citizens in his neighborhood June 8.

Sterling Heights police reportedly went to the 13000 block of Brougham Drive after hearing a report of an assault at around 2:30 p.m. June 8. Police learned that a 27-year-old man who lives on that street reportedly left his home and went up to an elderly woman. While the woman was reportedly working in her yard, the suspect allegedly began hitting her, which knocked her down. Then he allegedly moved to a nearby street and punched a male senior citizen in the face. 

Although the suspect allegedly tried to escape, police reportedly arrested him without further incident. Police said the suspect, who was identified as Julius Oraha Younan, “has a history of paranoid schizophrenia.”

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Luke Riley said that while the police see all sorts of things, assault incidents usually involve some sort of provocation. That was not the case here, he said.

“It’s a little disturbing that someone, for no reason to us, would just attack some elderly people that were doing nothing more than working outside in their yard,” Riley said.

Police said the woman suffered injuries to the face and was taken to a hospital. The man reportedly refused treatment, Riley said.

At a June 10 arraignment before Magistrate Michael Piatek in Sterling Heights’ 41-A District Court, Younan was reportedly charged with one count of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder. He was also charged with a count of assault and battery, police said. The magistrate reportedly set the bond at $25,000 cash only.

Police said Younan is expected to appear for a 9 a.m. June 19 preliminary exam before Judge Michael Maceroni in 41-A District Court.

A district court representative said no attorney has been listed to represent Younan at press time.

Anyone who has more details about this incident may contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.

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