Woman accused of stabbing 17-year-old in Eastpointe

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 7, 2020

 Deann Lee Asher

Deann Lee Asher


EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Police Department is investigating a stabbing that appeared to arise out of a dispute inside a home in the 22000 block of Tuscany Avenue, which is in the area of Toepfer Drive and Kelly Road.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:32 p.m. Aug. 4. Officers arrived at the scene and confronted a 40-year-old Roseville woman suspected of stabbing a 17-year-old female victim.

Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib said that the suspect had temporarily been residing at the home for two weeks before being asked to leave by the 55-year-old homeowner during a verbal altercation.

“The suspect packed her belongings and moved them to the curb area while she was waiting for a ride,” he said. “During this time, the suspect continued to scream at the homeowner and created a disturbance. The homeowner informed the suspect that she was going to call the police. At this point, the suspect called the victim derogatory names. The homeowner then exited the house and confronted the suspect about calling her granddaughter names. The suspect then grabbed the homeowner by her hair and threw her to the ground. The 17-year-old attempted to intervene but was stabbed twice by the suspect.”

Rouhib said the victim had injuries to her upper thigh and ankle area and that aid was immediately rendered to the 17-year-old, who was subsequently transported to a medical facility with the aid of Medstar Ambulance and the Eastpointe Fire Department.

Police said the knife was recovered and secured as evidence and that the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was later released from the hospital.

The suspect was later identified as Deann Lee Asher. She was charged in 38th District Court with one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of domestic violence and was arraigned Aug. 5. Her bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety or 10%, and it was stipulated that she could not have contact with the victim and must wear a GPS tether. Her next appearance is a probable cause conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Asher had not retained or been assigned an attorney prior to publication.