Man charged in murder of his father in HP

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 11, 2018



HAZEL PARK — A suspect was taken into custody in the murder of a 65-year-old man — and police said the culprit is the man’s son. 

The suspect is Justin Jim Arbow, 25, of Hazel Park. The victim is his father, Jim W. Arbow, also of Hazel Park. 

The suspect was arraigned in Hazel Park 43rd District Court by Magistrate James Paterson on Aug. 31. He was charged with felony homicide — open murder. “Open murder” does not yet signify first or second degree; it can change during judicial proceedings. 

In any case, Arbow faces up to life in prison. He was denied bond, and his next court date was scheduled for Sept. 11, after press time. He had not yet retained an attorney at press time.

Police said the crime occurred Aug. 28 at a home in the 23300 block of Harding Avenue in Hazel Park. The family initially made a report of a missing person at 6 p.m. that day. Police, as the investigation progressed, arrived at the home, west of Dequindre Road and north of Nine Mile Road, around 11 p.m. and found the victim’s body in the basement of the home. 

The victim had died of multiple blunt force trauma to the head. 

“We think the murder happened sometime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. that same day,” said Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz. 

Police developed a profile, and the suspect was located by sheriff’s deputies in Gratiot County; they arrested him during a traffic stop. 

“Our sympathies and prayers go out to the family in their time of grief,” Buchholz said. “It’s a tragedy to lose a family member and to know another family member is responsible. It has to be tough to deal with such a thing.

“We appreciate the assistance of the Michigan State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department in locating the suspect,” the chief added. “There was a lot of good police work together here to help make this what we feel is a solid case.”