Suspect charged in fatal stabbing of Hazel Park woman

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 11, 2019




HAZEL PARK — A Hazel Park man was charged after police identified him as a possible suspect in the death of a Hazel Park woman.

The suspect is Benjamin Forrest Wozniak, 36. He was arraigned Jan. 12 in front of Magistrate James Paterson in Hazel Park 43rd District Court. He was charged with first-degree murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, and denied bond. His court-appointed attorney, Eric Wilson, did not return calls for comment by press time.   

The victim — Nathalie Urso, 37 — was found deceased in her home in the 23000 block of Hughes Avenue on Jan. 10. Police discovered the body while responding to a welfare check. 

Police determined that the case was a homicide. The victim was reportedly stabbed to death, and the alleged suspect weapon was recovered not far from the scene.  

The victim had reportedly been in a domestic relationship with the suspect, and they had been living together at the home in Hazel Park. However, the suspect was reportedly dating a woman in Center Line. Earlier, the suspect’s new girlfriend had contacted police in Center Line, saying that he was acting suspicious after visiting his old home — the victim’s residence — in Hazel Park. The new girlfriend had driven him to the victim’s home for a period of time. 

Police confronted the suspect in Center Line and detained him until Hazel Park police arrived to take him into custody. Police in Hazel Park were assisted at the crime scene by the crime lab from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. 

Hazel Park Police Chief Brian Buchholz said Jan. 11 that his team’s work was only beginning.

“It is still early in the investigation, and the detectives are working around the clock putting it together,” Buchholz said. 

“I feel very badly for the family,” he added. “Overnight, these two young children lost their mother, and basically their father too. It is a senseless tragedy. I hope the family can get the strength and support to try and deal with this trauma.”