Troy police arrest suspect in parking lot stabbing death

Autopsy reveals stab wound as cause of death

By: Jonathan Shead | Troy Times | Published February 23, 2021

 Homicide suspect Jerome Perry-Bey, 41, of St. Louis, has been charged with open murder by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Homicide suspect Jerome Perry-Bey, 41, of St. Louis, has been charged with open murder by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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TROY — Troy police have arrested a suspect who reportedly confessed to a homicide officers discovered during the early morning of Feb. 15 at the front entrance of Belle Tire, 4966 Rochester Road.

According to a news release, St. Louis resident Jerome Perry-Bey, 41, has been charged with open murder by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. Perry-Bey was arraigned at the 52-4 District Court in Troy Feb. 18. His bond was denied.

No attorney was listed for Perry-Bey at press time. The suspect is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at 10 a.m. March 4 at the 52-4 District Court in front of Judge Kirsten Hartig.

Employees arriving to work at around 7 a.m. found a man lying unresponsive in front of the building and called first responders.

“Yesterday we had maybe an inch or two of fresh snow on the ground, and you’ve got employees that are just arriving. I think Belle Tire opens at 8 o’clock, so they’re showing up an hour before opening, and they’ve got a subject face-down covered in snow near the entrance of the building,” Troy Police Department Public Information Office Sgt. Jason Clark said Feb. 16, adding that first aid was not attempted. “They called 911 right away.”

The victim, 38-year-old Carlos Contreras, of Flint, was found deceased when officers arrived. An autopsy performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that he had suffered a single stab wound to the chest. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Police don’t know how long the victim was lying outside before employees found him. Police recovered an open folding knife in the parking lot of the business, with blood still noticeable on it.

Troy police traveled to Flint to notify the victim’s family, and while there they were able to quickly identify Perry-Bey as a possible suspect with the help of the Flint Police Department.

The Flint Police Department notified Troy police that Perry-Bey had a known connection with Contreras and had been staying in Flint the past few weeks. Perry-Bey also has a pending felony weapon charge in St Louis. Police believe he may have fled to Flint to avoid being arrested.

After a short interview, Perry-Bey reportedly confessed to stabbing the victim during a physical fight that occurred in the Belle Tire parking lot.

Perry-Bey reportedly told police that he and Contreras were traveling from Pontiac to Detroit, heading through Troy, when they stopped during an altercation between them. The two pulled into Belle Tire, where a fight reportedly ensued in the parking lot. Perry-Bey pulled a knife on Contreras, who was unarmed, and stabbed him in the upper chest, police said. He then reportedly fled with the vehicle.

“The Troy Police Department wants to extend our sincere thanks to the Flint Police Department for their assistance in this case,” the news release reads. “We would also like to recognize our officers who worked quickly, in adverse weather conditions, and with limited initial information, to make an arrest within hours of the initial call for service.”

For more information, call the Troy Police Department’s Public Information Office at (248) 524-3447.

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