Victim left in in critical condition after alleged assault

By: Gena Johnson | Warren Weekly | Published June 14, 2024

 LEFT: Milton Johnson. RIGHT: Donald Johnson

LEFT: Milton Johnson. RIGHT: Donald Johnson


WARREN — Two brothers were arraigned in the 37th District Court on June 5 after they allegedly beat a man and left him unconscious in the street following an argument about money.

Donald Johnson, 34, and his brother, Milton Johnson, 32, both of Warren, were each charged with assault with intent to murder, a felony punishable up to life in prison.

On June 3, after receiving several 911 calls about an assault in progress, Warren police and fire units were dispatched at approximately 1:13 p.m. to the 22000 block of Karam Court where police found an unconscious 25-year-old male in the street and began first aid until the Warren Fire Department transported the patient to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition but improving as of June 10, according to police.

Witnesses reported the two brothers “kicked and stomped” the victim in the upper body and head area. From the investigation, police learned that Donald Johnson exited a residence and started to assault the victim after the victim was lying in the street, according to police.

Police reported that Milton Johnson and the 25-year-old victim were arguing about money when the fight ensued. The suspects and the victim knew each other, said police.

The brothers entered a nearby residence after the altercation. This is where Milton Johnson was arrested without incident. Police later executed a search warrant for Donald Johnson’s residence, where he was arrested and taken into custody without incident, police said.

Both brothers pleaded not guilty before Judge Michael Chupa, who set each of their bonds at $200,000 cash or surety.

The attorney of record for Donald Johnson is Nijad Georges Mehanna.

“I don’t have any discovery yet or police reports or anything,” Mehanna said. “All I can tell you is that we will vigorously advocate on his behalf, and we will provide him with services to defend his rights.”

A public defender had not been assigned for Milton Johnson at press time, according to 37th District Court records.

Donald and Milton Johnson were in the Macomb County Jail at press time where they awaited a probable cause conference at 8:45 a.m. on June 18 in Chupa’s courtroom.

“We’re fortunate the victim is on the path of recovery right now,” Warren Police Department Detective Lt. Scott Isaacson said. “And this will be handled through the court system.”