Police say Eastpointe woman stabbed boyfriend multiple times

By: Andy Kozlowski | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 18, 2024




EASTPOINTE — A heated argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend took a violent turn when the boyfriend was stabbed at least six times.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office announced May 15 that Shantisha Howse has been charged with assault with intent to murder, a life felony. She was arraigned in the 38th District Court in Eastpointe before Judge Kathleen Galen, who set Howse’s bond at $250,000 cash or surety.

If released, Howse must wear a GPS tether and refrain from contacting the alleged victim — her boyfriend. At press time, she was awaiting a court-appointed attorney, according to court records.

The incident occurred May 13, when Eastpointe police dispatch received reports of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 24000 block of Valley Avenue.

Officers arrived at around 10:15 p.m. According to Eastpointe Police Lt. Alex Holish, it appeared that there had been an argument over alleged infidelity between the couple that lives there, and that the quarrel then escalated to physical violence.

The boyfriend reportedly suffered multiple stab wounds during the altercation, including three wounds to his stomach, two wounds to his back, and one wound to his leg.

Howse, meanwhile, allegedly had a cut on one of her pinky fingers.

Both were transported to a local hospital for treatment. At press time, the man was still at the hospital but in stable condition. Howse has since been released and remains in custody.

“This is an example of how domestic violence can escalate,” Macomb County Prosecutor Peter Lucido said in a prepared statement. “Violence has no place in our homes, and we are committed to ensuring justice for every victim. It is our responsibility to stop the cycle of domestic violence, and protect those among us.”

Holish said that victims of domestic violence should not hesitate to call 911 or police dispatch at (586) 777-6700. He said those who want discreet assistance without police involvement can also contact Turning Point at its 24-hour hotline, (586) 463-6990.

“Abusive behavior can be nonphysical in nature,” Holish said.

Examples include when a partner diminishes your self-confidence by telling you that you never do anything right; extreme jealousy when you spend time away from them to see friends or family; attempts to prevent or discourage you from spending time with your peers; and demeaning insults or shaming remarks, especially those made in front of other people.

Other signs can include when your partner attempts to prevent you from making decisions such as where you work or attend school, or when they try to control finances in the household without discussion, such as taking your money or refusing to provide funds for necessary expenses.

Pressure to perform sexual acts that make you uncomfortable, or to use drugs or alcohol are other signs. Intimidating you through threatening looks or actions is another major red flag.

“If your significant other displays any of these behaviors, please do not hesitate to seek assistance,” Holish said.

The Eastpointe Police Department can be reached by calling (586) 445-5100.