Southfield police search for stabbing suspect

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 4, 2020

 Southfield police search for stabbing suspect

Southfield police search for stabbing suspect

File photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — Police were called to a hotel in the 2200 block of Telegraph Road on a report of a stabbing at 3:51 p.m. Feb. 19.

Police were able to make contact with the victim, who was outside the room where she was staying.

The victim, who police identified as a transgender woman, was bleeding and was holding a towel to her left arm.

Paramedics from the Southfield Fire Department arrived and treated the woman, police said, and a Southfield police evidence technician took photos of the victim’s injuries, which police said were consistent with someone who had been stabbed and cut.

The woman told police that she and a man had been relaxing inside the room when the suspect asked her for money. The woman told the man she didn’t have any money, and she asked him to leave, she told police.

As the woman was walking the suspect to the door, he turned and stabbed her several times. The woman told police she sprayed mace at the suspect before he fled the area on a red or orange bicycle.

Police said it was later learned that the suspect had fled to a restaurant down the street from the hotel.

Employees of the restaurant told police that the man was shaking and crying, and he reportedly told them he had just been maced by a woman. The employees said they helped him wash his face, and the man left north on Telegraph Road on his bike.

According to a police report, officers collected video surveillance of the man inside the restaurant, and they confirmed that the man was riding an orange bicycle.

The suspect was described as a 25-year-old black man with a medium build, around 5 feet 10 inches tall.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket with the hood up, dark blue pants, and several coats or sweatshirts underneath the jacket, police said.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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