Woman in critical condition after son allegedly assaults her
By Kevin Bunch
Posted September 20, 2013
A 77-year-old woman has been hospitalized in critical condition following reports that she had been beaten in a hotel parking lot Sept. 18.
According to Roseville police, the woman’s son, Thomas Joseph Gulas, 35, of Eastpointe, has been arrested and arraigned in 39th District Court in connection with the attack, for one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, as well as two counts of malicious destruction of property. Gulas pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The department’s press release said that at about 11 p.m., officers responded to phone calls reporting a man beating an elderly woman in the Super 8 hotel parking lot on Little Mack Avenue. The woman was found unconscious and suffering from “extensive” head and face trauma.
“The victim suffered severe head trauma and may have suffered bleeding on the brain,” Police Chief James Berlin said Sept. 20. “Last check, she was still listed in critical condition.”
The department said that witnesses reported a man had been arguing with the woman over the use of her car before striking her until she fell to the ground. The man then reportedly damaged six vehicles in the lot and ran off.
“He broke out the windshields of several cars, side-view mirrors, dents from kicking cars, etc.,” Berlin said.
Police arrested Gulas, alleging that he called his mother for a ride and then demanded her car before attacking her when she refused. It is unknown if the victim will survive her injuries, the department’s press release said.
A preliminary exam date of Oct. 2 has been set. Gulas requested a court-appointed lawyer who had not been appointed as of press time.
About the author
Staff Writer Kevin Bunch covered the communities of Eastpointe and Roseville, as well as Roseville Community Schools and East Detroit Public Schools. He worked at C&G Newspapers beginning in 2013, and is a graduate of Wayne State University and Henry Ford Community College. Kevin is also a 2015 Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting alumni. In 2016, Kevin began working for the International Joint Commission.
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