Stamping plant stabbing leads to arrest

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 8, 2020

 Gerald Burrell Jr.

Gerald Burrell Jr.


Sterling Heights police said they have caught a man who allegedly stabbed a man on the grounds of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory in Sterling Heights.

According to police, officers learned about the incident at 10 p.m. July 6. Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski identified the automaker’s facility as the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located along Van Dyke Avenue north of Metropolitan Parkway.  

Police said the suspect had already left by the time they arrived, and they said the reported victim was hospitalized and reportedly in stable condition. Police tracked down the suspect hours later and apprehended him. 

According to the 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights, the suspect was arraigned July 8 before Judge Annemarie Lepore. Police identified the suspect as Gerald Burrell Jr., 27, from Sterling Heights. He was reportedly charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. 

Police said Burrell’s bond was set at $10,000 or 10% surety, under the conditions that he’d wear a GPS tether, have no contact with the reported victim, and not go to the victim’s home or workplace without court permission. 

Burrell’s next court appearance is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 22, police said. His listed attorney, Bertram Marks, spoke about his client in an email.

“Mr. Burrell is a hardworking, law abiding citizen,” Marks said. “He is a devoted father and frequent volunteer in community causes. While the media and others have rushed to judgment in this case, the facts will demonstrate that my client is innocent of the charges levied against him. The facts will come out in full, and I expect these charges will be immediately dropped against Mr. Burrell.”

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.

Call Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at (586) 498-1058.