Clawson police apprehend stabbing suspect

By: Mike Koury, Taylor Christensen | Royal Oak Review | Published June 3, 2024

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CLAWSON — At 11:19 p.m. May 25, according to the Clawson Police Department, officers were sent to a home on East Baker Avenue north of 14 Mile Road.

A 21-year-old victim had been stabbed, two times, allegedly by 18-year-old Michael Tazio Angellotti.

Police said that upon arriving at the scene, the 21-year-old was immediately rendered medical aid. He was then transported by Universal Ambulance to Corewell Health William Beaumont University Hospital in Royal Oak, where he underwent surgery to treat his injuries.

According to a press release, Clawson police officers were able to quickly identify and apprehend the suspect using the Flock license plate reader camera system, with assistance from the Troy Police Department.

After identifying the suspect’s vehicle on the camera system, Troy police initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the area of Crooks and Wattles roads in the city of Troy.

According to court records, Angellotti was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm May 27.

Angellotti was arraigned on the charge at the 52-4 District Court in Troy, where he received a $125,000 bond. At press time, he was housed at the Oakland County Jail.

Angellotti is due back in court for a probable cause conference June 4. At press time, Angellotti did not have a lawyer listed in court records.

The incident involved former Clawson High School students, but they have not been students for a couple of years, the district stated.

However, the incident was witnessed by a couple of current students from the high school, which led the district to increase security for school on May 28. The increased security will continue  until the end of the school year on June 7.

“We are always, always, always erring on the side of caution and safety related to our students,” Superintendent Billy Shellenbarger said. “There is no threat to our building, to our students, to our staff specifically, and this is just us being proactive related to an incident that was in our city that had some secondary involvement with our students, and we just want to make sure that we are doing our diligence as a district related to keeping everyone on our campus as safe as we possibly can.”

When the district does increase police presence, it’s because they specifically asked and requested it from the department, Shellenbarger stated.

“When they’re available, they are there. When they’re not out on calls, they are there as just a general presence for our students and staff, you know, certainly many days each week,” he said. “In an instance like this, we have to make specific contact with the chief of police and their staff to specifically request it, but also there are times when the police offer it to us in some instances as well, just because they believe it’s a good idea. So in this case, we partner together, we request it to ensure that we’re taking proactive measures to make sure that we are safe and they maybe go from one to two or two to three officers, things like that on our campus or campuses to ensure that we are feeling safe and all is calm at our buildings, before and after school certainly.”