Man alleged to have cut pregnant ex-girlfriend in police station parking lot arrested in West Virginia

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published October 19, 2020

 Kevin VanAelst

Kevin VanAelst


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — When a pregnant woman went to the Clinton Township Police Department building Oct. 9 in relation to a personal protection order against her ex-boyfriend, he allegedly followed her there and assaulted her in the parking lot, according to police.

The suspect reportedly fled the scene and was later arrested out of state.

On Oct. 19, the Clinton Township Police Department announced that Kevin VanAelst, 45, was taken into custody Oct. 17 without incident by the Charleston Police Department, in West Virginia. Currently, he is being held at South Central Regional Jail in Charleston.

Details pending VanAelst’s extradition were not immediately released by authorities. His vehicle was reportedly located near a homeless shelter and was also taken into custody.

VanAelst’s arrest comes after the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office issued a felony warrant on Oct. 13 for assault with intent to murder. That preceded a days-long effort with local police and U.S. Marshals to determine VanAelst’s whereabouts.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said that at about 8:45 p.m. Oct. 9, VanAelst allegedly followed his girlfriend to the police station on Groesbeck Highway.

Maierle said that when the woman, 22 weeks pregnant, opened her car door, VanAelst was allegedly standing there and “cut her in the face-throat area” with a box cutter before fleeing the scene.

“(VanAelst) apparently followed her into the station,” Maierle said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, was transported to a local hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

VanAelst has a criminal history that includes car theft, home invasions and drug possession charges.