Royal Oak police secure the location of a stabbing at the Leo Mahany/Harold Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marais Ave., July 27.

Royal Oak police secure the location of a stabbing at the Leo Mahany/Harold Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marais Ave., July 27.

Photo by Brian Louwers


Police investigating stabbing in senior center parking lot

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 27, 2021 | Updated July 28, 2021 12:52pm

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ROYAL OAK — Police are investigating after a stabbing took place July 27 in the parking lot of the Leo Mahany/Harold Meininger Senior Community Center, 3500 Marais Ave., near 13 Mile and Crooks roads.

The incident took place just before 2 p.m., and the victim of the stabbing reported the incident to police, according to Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Carter said, based on statements made to police by the victims, two young men met with another pair of young men in the parking lot of the senior center on the premise of exchanging money for marijuana.

The victims, who had been corresponding with the suspects on the photo and video messaging phone app Snapchat, pulled into the parking lot and were approached on foot by the suspects, who entered the victims’ vehicle, Carter said.

“As they were discussing the money, an argument ensued, and the suspects attempted to rob the victims. Both suspects were armed with knives,” a July 28 Royal Oak police press release states. “During the altercation, one suspect stabbed the victim in his side. The victim and his friend ran from the parking lot.”

Police identified both victims as 17-year-old residents of Warren.

Carter said the stabbing victim’s wound was minor and he was transported to Beaumont Hospital to receive stitches. The other 17-year-old from Warren reportedly was not injured.

According to the press release, police identified both suspects as 15-year-old Royal Oak residents.

Carter said the stabbing victim’s condition is good, and the incident remains under investigation as police collect more statements and information. He said police interviewed the stabbing victim over the phone, and a detective interviewed the other victim at the scene.

Carter said police are still determining whether the victim was stabbed inside the vehicle or as he was exiting the vehicle, based on conflicting accounts. 

Carter added that it was unknown whether the suspects arrived on foot or in a vehicle, as the victim fled on foot to a safe location and then called police and did not see them leave.

Police secured a perimeter around the area during the preliminary investigation and notified nearby Royal Oak High School of the incident. Police cleared the scene at approximately 4 p.m. July 27. Clawson police provided help during the investigation.

“There’s no risk at this point in time to the neighborhood,” Carter said during the late afternoon July 27.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident to call the Criminal Investigation Division at (248) 246-3456.

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