Ferndale man involved in standoff charged with sexual assault

He will undergo competency evaluation

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published January 27, 2021

 Garo Boyajian

Garo Boyajian


FERNDALE — A man who was involved in an armed standoff with local police last month will undergo a competency evaluation before his case proceeds.

Garo Boyajian, a 47-year-old man from Ferndale, was part of an armed standoff with Ferndale and Royal Oak police Dec. 10 that lasted several hours before he was taken into custody.

Officers from the Ferndale Police Department originally went to a home in Royal Oak to interview Boyajian, as he was a suspect in a criminal sexual conduct case. When they arrived, police were unable to contact the man and a call was made to Royal Oak police to conduct a welfare check.

According to both police departments, Boyajian allegedly was found in the basement of the home and was pointing a gun at himself. The standoff continued for three hours before he was taken into custody; police said that he had consumed alcohol and medication to the point that he passed out and overdosed.

Boyajian was taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital, where he stayed for several days. It was there that he also was arraigned Dec. 11 in the 43rd District Court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the case for which Ferndale police originally sought to interview him.

Ferndale police stated that Boyajian is accused of sexually assaulting a minor and it appears to have occurred “over several years.”

Police would neither specify any further information nor comment on the investigation due to the sensitive nature of the case.

After recovering in the hospital, Boyajian was transferred to the Oakland County Jail to await his court date. He was scheduled for an exam in the court Jan. 14. However, the case was adjourned to a future date after his attorney, Shannon Smith, filed a motion to have a competency evaluation conducted. The defense is arguing that Boyajian is not able to assist in his own defense due to his mental state.

A court date will not be scheduled until the evaluation is complete. Once it is, a competency hearing must be held within five days of the court receiving the report.

As the case is in the beginning stages and Smith was in the process of getting materials from the prosecution, Smith declined to comment at this time.