Police arrest suspect in Valentine’s Day stabbing

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 17, 2015

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Police have arrested a 39-year-old Detroit man, Terrance Lavaron Thomas, who is believed to be involved in a stabbing at a bus stop at Northland Center, 21500 Northwestern Highway.

According to Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, the incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Officers were called to the scene on a report of an assault, and when they arrived, they located two victims who were suffering from stab wounds.

Southfield Fire Department paramedics transported both victims to Providence Hospital, Loussia said.

One victim, a 52-year-old man from Detroit, suffered wounds to the head, neck and back. The second victim, a 51-year-old man from Detroit, suffered a wound to the hand. Both victims were released from the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Loussia said.

Shortly after the incident occurred, officers were able to locate Thomas, who Loussia said was walking near the intersection of Greenfield Road and Seven Mile. He was taken into custody without incident. Police recovered two knives from the suspect.

Loussia said police do not believe the suspect and the victims knew each other, but according to information obtained from the victims, the suspect made several comments about his religion. The suspect also asked the victims about their religious beliefs just before the assault occurred.

“Investigators also believe the suspect acted alone and that no other people were involved in this crime,” Loussia said in a written statement.

The case still remains under investigation by the Southfield Police Department. Thomas was arraigned Feb. 17 in the 46th District Court.

Magistrate Eman Jajonie-Daman set Thomas’ bond at $1 million cash surety. A pre-exam conference is set for Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m., and a pre-trial exam was set for March 4 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge William Richards.

Thomas faces two assault with intent to murder charges, as well as carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and possession of marijuana.

The Southfield Police Department has also contacted the FBI, which Loussia said is also investigating the incident to determine if any federal laws or hate crime laws were violated.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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