Police arrest man after two killed in stabbings

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 31, 2015

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Two men are reportedly dead and one woman injured after they were stabbed at their home Aug. 31, according to Sterling Heights police.

Police said they were sent to a home in the 39000 block of Lea Court, near 17 Mile Road and Dodge Park Road, on a report of domestic violence. Police said the call, which reportedly came at around 1 a.m., was from a woman who said her grandson was attacking them and was out of control.

When police made it to the scene, officers reportedly arrested a 20-year-old man and discovered that three people had been stabbed — one man had already died, and the other two people were injured. The first man was identified as a 79-year-old man, and the other two people were described as a 71-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, police said.

The two wounded individuals were transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, and the man was declared dead at the hospital, according to police. At press time, police said the woman was in critical condition.

According to police, all of the people at the scene apparently lived at the home. The suspect recently had moved from North Carolina and had been living with his grandparents and uncle for a couple of weeks or so.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith said the suspect allegedly attacked his grandmother first while she was sleeping. Then the grandfather intervened, and the suspect began assaulting him, Smith added.

“The uncle tried to help out here,” Smith said. “The uncle got stabbed, and then (the suspect) went after the grandmother.”

Smith said police believe the suspect obtained a knife from the kitchen, and police recovered the knife at the scene.

Police did not identify the deceased and wounded because family had not been notified yet, Smith said. Police said they could not determine a motive yet, though Smith said the suspect is talking to police.

“There was no criminal history, and according to what he’s telling us, no other issues,” Smith said. “Probably some mental instability here, of course.”

On the morning of Aug. 31, Mayor Michael Taylor’s Twitter account announced that a “senseless and tragic act of violence occurred overnight” in the city.

“I mourn with the family and pray they can find peace,” the tweet said.

Smith said detectives expect the suspect’s arraignment to take place Sept. 1.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.

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