Man faces 20 years in prison following stabbing at apartment complex

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published June 29, 2017



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Resident Frederick Lewis Harris is facing possibly 20 years in prison for his involvement in a June 25 altercation in which he allegedly stabbed two men at Woodward North Apartments.

Harris, 35, was arraigned in 44th District Court June 28 and charged with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony carrying a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The Royal Oak man pleaded not guilty, and as of press time a lawyer had not been assigned to his case. His bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent. Police said Harris has a criminal history, including a conviction for driving on a suspended license.

Harris is accused of stabbing a 26-year-old Lathrup Village man who police said Harris knew, and the Lathrup Village man’s friend.

No one involved in the incident suffered life-threatening injuries, including Harris, who was shot in the leg during the altercation.

Spencer said the department received a 911 call shortly before 2 p.m. June 25 reporting a fight involving a knife and a vehicle in the Woodward North Apartments parking lot at 3027 13 Mile Road.

“Officers arrived in moments and located a male victim who had been stabbed in the arm, and discovered another male who had been shot in the leg,” he said.

Police learned that a third man, from Detroit, allegedly did the shooting, and so a K-9 officer searched the area but was unable to find the man.

Royal Oak detectives — with the assistance of the Troy Special Investigations Unit, a multi-jurisdictional investigative team with a Royal Oak officer assigned to it — subsequently found the 26-year-old alleged shooter in Detroit, who they learned also had been stabbed, allegedly by Harris, during the earlier altercation.

Police  said the Detroit man is a concealed pistol license holder and was questioned and released.

Spencer said that after the initial investigation, detectives determined that the 26-year-old Lathrup Village stabbing victim came to the apartments that afternoon with his friend from Detroit to confront Harris over an ongoing personal disagreement.

“The two subjects got into a fight after the argument escalated,” Spencer said of Harris and the Lathrup Village man.

Spencer said that after the fight, Harris ran into an apartment and returned to the parking lot with several knives, and then he allegedly stabbed the Lathrup Village man.

Police said the Detroit man then shot the Royal Oak man.

“All three subjects fled the area of the altercation in separate directions after the shooting,” Spencer said.

Police said that a short time later, another fight between Harris and the Lathrup Village man erupted in the parking lot just prior to officers arriving at the scene.

A resident of the complex, who did not want to be identified, said he watched the arrest of two men happen after police arrived in the parking lot where Sagamore Boulevard dead ends off Woodward Avenue between Walgreens and the Peking Express drive-thru.

The man said he heard arguing, but could only make out swear words. He said one man was yelling from near a dumpster at the southern end of the property, toward the opposite end of the apartment building that was the eventual site of the police investigation.

The witness said he believed that both men were angry. He said that other than some “rambunctious” activity, the complex is usually pretty quiet. He said nothing like this has happened that he could recall.

Detectives were still on the scene gathering evidence at 5 p.m. June 25.

The expansive complex was eerily quiet, with only the one resident peering outside late in the afternoon.

The entrance to 3027 was blocked off with police caution tape, and detectives could be seen in the stairwell taking photographs and talking.

Harris is scheduled to appear in 44th District Court for a probable cause hearing at 9 a.m. July 11.

Spencer said the stabbing victims will not face criminal charges.