Troy police investigate homicide outside Belle Tire store

Autopsy reveals stab wound as cause of death

By: Jonathan Shead | C&G Newspapers | Published February 16, 2021 | Updated February 16, 2021 4:03pm

File photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — Troy police are investigating a homicide discovered during the early morning Feb. 15 at the front entrance of Belle Tire, 4966 Rochester Road. 

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

“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, adding that first aid was not attempted. “They called 911 right away.” 

The victim, a 38-year-old Flint man not yet publicly identified by police, was found deceased when officers arrived. An autopsy performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the victim 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’s body was lying outside before employees found it.

After the victim’s cause of death was determined, police were able to swiftly identify a possible suspect involved in the stabbing. Police also recovered a knife in the parking lot of the business. The person of interest was arrested and placed in police custody. 

The knife was found prior to the autopsy report, Clark said. At the time officers at the scene had their suspicions, but after the medical examiner ruled the cause of death a stabbing, Clark said the physical evidence points to a possible connection. 

Investigators involved in the case said in a press release that they are working to ensure the proper notifications are sent out to loved ones and other necessary parties before releasing the victim’s identity to the public. Police plan to submit a warrant request to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office Feb. 17 for this case. 

“Our hope is to have formal charges on the suspect tomorrow,” Clark said, adding that once formal charges are announced, the suspect’s and victim’s identities will be made public. 

Clark doesn’t believe that the facts of the homicide case indicate a threat to the general public. 

“I understand that (for) Troy residents, there’s a fear anytime you have this type of crime involved, but there’s no general fear for the public. This is a resident from outside of our town. It’s not a crime against one of our residents,” he said. “We don’t have a general threat to the public or our residents.”

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

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