Suspect in Clinton Township double homicide arrested in Ohio

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 27, 2018 | Updated August 31, 2018 3:37pm

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A suspect has been arrested in relation to a recent double homicide in Clinton Township.

On the morning of Aug. 30, the Clinton Township Police Department issued a press release stating that Robert Leo Marzejka was arrested by U.S. Marshals at approximately 2 p.m. Aug. 29 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was taken into custody without incident and is currently being lodged at the Hamilton County Jail, awaiting extradition.

Marzejka’s white 1999 Ford E-250 van was recovered in Toledo, Ohio, and currently sits in the Clinton Township Police Department’s evidence garage.

In the press release, Clinton Township police thanked U.S. Marshals for their “quick, professional and relentless pursuit” of Marzejka. The units involved in the capture included the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team, the Northern Ohio Violent Task Force and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Strike Force.

On Aug. 30, Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said marshals located the suspect and tracked him to Cincinnati. Marzejka, 24, of Clinton Township, is scheduled to have had an extradition hearing Aug. 31. If he waives extradition, local law enforcement will arrange to pick him up.

Marzejka faces two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of his sister, Danielle Marzejka, 18, and her boyfriend, Seren Bryan, 19. 

“We’ve got a whole case put together,” Maierle said. “There’s just a lot of information we had presented to get the warrant. There’s not one smoking gun; there’s a whole timeline of information, different facts putting it all together.”

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith issued a two-count warrant for Robert Marzejka Aug. 29. Both charges are punishable by up to life in prison if found guilty.

On Aug. 27, Clinton Township Police Lt. Eric Reincke issued a press release identifying Robert Marzejka as the person of interest following the discovery of both bodies Aug. 26 in the Rudgate Clinton mobile home park. Photos of Marzejka and his white Ford van, with the license plate DGM7658, were released to the media and the public.

Crime Stoppers initially offered $2,500 to anyone who had information leading to an arrest. It later upped that total to $5,500.

Maierle said Aug. 27 that detectives investigated the scene on Culver Drive, inside the mobile home park, located off Groesbeck Highway near Metropolitan Parkway.

Maierle said a man called police at 6 a.m. Aug. 25 to report that his daughter, Danielle, was missing. He reportedly last saw her the morning of Aug. 23. Bryan was also missing.

At around 8 p.m. Aug. 26, the bodies of the missing teens were discovered by one of Danielle’s brothers. 

“The son smelled a foul odor, looks in the shed and finds a big, black contractor’s bag,” Maierle said. “He cuts one of them open and there’s an arm in there.”

Maierle said autopsies were being performed Aug. 27.