Arson, home invasion result of ‘excited delirium’

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Troy Times | Published July 27, 2020


A home invasion at Somerset Apartments ended in blood, arson and sedation Saturday morning, according to police.

First responders arrived at the 1900 block of Somerset at around 8 a.m July 25 in response to a fire alarm and smoke investigation. 

Upon arrival, officers found a bloody scene on the deck of the apartment unit in question, including a large, bloody kitchen knife and an open door with a ripped screen. A trail of blood reportedly led to a nearby apartment, where officers discovered more blood and broken glass, where the suspect was ultimately located.

Officers were allegedly met by a nude man covered in blood, screaming, with a towel wrapped around one of his hands. When officers told the man to exit the apartment, he slammed and locked the door. 

Officers forced the door to the apartment open and attempted to handcuff the man, but he resisted, and officers tasered him once. The man got up, charged at officers and attempted to escape. Officers deployed a second taser, and the man was taken into custody.

Paramedics were called to the scene to treat an injury to the man’s thumb sustained prior to the officers’ arrival, and to evaluate the man’s agitated state. 

During the incident, Troy police dispatch received a call about a nude man walking around the area and acting strangely. Later, other witnesses said the man had been walking around the apartment complex grounds with an AR-15.

They determined the bizarre behavior to be consistent with “excited delirium,” and the man, 31-year-old Alexander Raymond, of Troy, was sedated by paramedics and transported by ambulance to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital.

“It’s just a really complicated incident,” said Sgt. Meghan Lehman, the public information officer for the Troy Police Department.

Further investigation showed that Raymond had allegedly earlier broken into an apartment and tried to set a fire by placing flammable items on a stove burner. Officers located a bloody rifle in that apartment, too. The resident was not home at the time, and investigators believe the residence was chosen by the suspect at random.

Raymond was arraigned July 26 at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital by Magistrate Robert Morad of the 52nd District Court. He’s charged with third-degree home invasion, fifth-degree home invasion and three counts of resisting or obstructing a police officer. 

His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety, and as of press time, he was being transferred from hospital treatment to the Oakland County Jail. His next appearance in court is scheduled for Aug. 6. 

As of press time, an attorney was not listed with the court to represent Raymond.

Call Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at (586) 498-1095.