Man faces murder charge in connection with stabbing at park

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 10, 2018

 Miguel Mansour

Miguel Mansour

UTICA — The Utica Police Department received multiple calls at 12:48 p.m. Sept. 1 regarding a stabbing taking place in Grant Park, 8243 Hahn St. in Utica.

Utica police arrived at the scene to find the incident still in progress. The suspect was identified as Miguel Mansour, 22, and he was taken into custody, police said.

Police said that the victim was a grandfather who was attending his grandchild’s first birthday celebration when the incident occurred. The grandfather, Mike Shereda, did not survive the attack. According to an online obituary with Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Shereda, 57, lived in Warren and had seven children, 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

“This appears to be an unprovoked incident which left a grandfather unable to return to his family,” Utica police said in a press release Sept. 5.
“The victim was an auto designer who is described as a friendly individual who always spent time with his grandchildren,” police said in the press release.

On Sept. 5, Mansour was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder/homicide at the 41-A District Court in Shelby Township. Mansour requested a court-appointed attorney, but the attorney had not yet been named as of press time.

Mansour was denied bond. His next court date, a probable cause hearing, was set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18, and his preliminary examination was set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

“The severity and nature of this horrific crime shocks us to the core,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a prepared statement that was included as part of the press release. “Although we may never understand why this heinous crime happened, my office is committed to making sure the defendant is tried and convicted of this violent murder, hopefully bringing some peace and justice to all of those impacted.”

According to Macomb County Circuit Court records, a Sterling Heights police officer last December petitioned for Mansour to be hospitalized for mental illness. The case records show a petition filed Dec. 12 and a hearing set for Dec. 19. The records also say “patient discharged from hospital” Dec. 13, and an order dismissing the initial petition was entered Dec. 14.

Last month, according to the circuit court records, Mansour was to be arraigned in circuit court for a charge of third-degree home invasion, which is a felony, and three misdemeanor counts of assault and battery. Mansour failed to show up to court, according to the records, and Judge Edward A. Servitto Jr. signed an order revoking Mansour’s release, forfeiting his bond and providing a notice of intent to enter judgment. A bench warrant was signed Aug. 29, and Mansour waived his arraignment for the failure-to-appear warrant Sept. 10. He was given no bond and a pretrial conference date of Oct. 1.

C & G Newspapers attempted to contact Mansour’s lawyers from both cases — Jonathan C. Biernat for the petition and Paul C. Louisell for the felony and misdemeanors — but they were unable to be reached.

An online fundraiser at www.gofundme.com/loving-memory-of-mike-shereda has been set up to assist Shereda’s family. Meal Train, a website where volunteers sign up to bring meals to people in need, was also set up at www.mealtrain.com/341mq1.

According to the city, Shereda’s family had rented the park’s pavilion for the 1-year-old’s birthday.

Utica Mayor Thom Dionne provided a statement to C & G Newspapers.

“I am at a loss of words to describe how horrible this incident is,” Dionne stated. “The city of Utica grieves for the family of Michael Shereda. Michael was a good man trying to do … the right thing. This was an absolute senseless act of violence.

“Something like this has never happened in our parks in the past, and God willing, will never happen again. Unfortunately, crime does not have an address, but on that day it came to the city of Utica. Sadly, Michael lost his life on that day in our park. The Police Department has increased patrols to restore the sense of peace that one deserves while enjoying our beautiful parks. The city of Utica is a fantastic place to live, work and visit. We will continue to do the most good for our residents and visitors by having a strong presence in being vigilant. In the memory of Michael, we will endeavor to persevere and continue to drive forward with making Utica a safe place to call home.”