Man dies in quadruple stabbing in Eastpointe

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 7, 2019 | Updated January 8, 2019 4:18pm




EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Department of Public Safety is investigating an incident that left four people with stab wounds, including one man who died as a result of his injuries.

The matter occurred at 12:40 a.m. Jan. 5 at a residence on Rein Avenue, north of Toepfer Drive between Gratiot Avenue and Kelly Road. Police said they found four individuals with knife wounds at the scene, including a man they later arrested as the suspect.

“They all seemed to know each other,” said Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib. “They’re still looking into the motives, but preliminary investigation indicates the suspect had a previous relationship with a female victim and may have been upset when she showed up at the house with another man. It kicked off the incident outside the home, continued inside the residence and then spilled back outside.”

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Vaughn Leonard Dortch.

“The suspect was detained across the street from the scene. He was laying down on someone’s porch because he had injuries,” said Rouhib. “Officers first thought he was a victim, but as they continued the investigation, they determined he was the suspect.”

Dortch was arraigned via video conference Jan. 8 in 38th District Court. He was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder, and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Bond was denied, according to police, and his next court date was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Rouhib said that a 26-year-old man from Hamtramck, identified as Devonte Johnson, died at a hospital as a result of his wounds.

“Some of the victims sustained multiple stab wounds, and unfortunately, one victim passed,” Rouhib said Jan. 7. “Only the ex-girlfriend is still in the hospital (as of Jan. 7), but she is in stable condition.”

Rouhib and the Eastpointe Public Safety Department expressed their condolences to the family of Johnson. Rouhib and the department also thanked the Roseville and St. Clair Shores police departments for their assistance.

Dortch had not retained or been assigned an attorney prior to publication.