Woman arraigned on felony charges after allegedly stabbing cousin in Macomb County

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published August 29, 2019

 Crystal Kelly

Crystal Kelly


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Crystal Kelly, 30, of Chicago, was charged Aug. 26 with three felony counts after allegedly stabbing her male cousin and then fleeing police. Charges include assault with intent to murder, fleeing and eluding police, and resisting and obstructing arrest.

All three charges are felonies. The intent to murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison, while the other two are punishable by up to two years. She was given a $1 million bond.

According to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, charges stem from an after-party incident at about 2 a.m. Aug. 24. Kelly and a group of her cousins reportedly left a party at the Le Chateau Mobile Home Park, 38000 Le Chateau Blvd. in Clinton Township.

Two of the passengers in the vehicle, later identified as a white Hyundai Tucson, reportedly argued. Kelly allegedly stopped her vehicle in the middle of Hayes Road, near the Crosswinds Condominiums on Heatherheath Drive. The complex is on the border of Clinton Township and Sterling Heights.

Kelly allegedly opened the door to the backseat of the car and stabbed her male cousin twice in the neck, with the fight continuing until the victim fell to the ground in the middle of the street. Kelly reportedly got back in her vehicle and left with the remaining passengers.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said Kelly used a knife in the stabbing, which he said was provoked by what “appears to be, for lack of a better word, nonsense.”

The victim, laying in the street, bled from his neck. He was later transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township for emergency medical treatment. He is expected to recover.

Clinton Township and Sterling Heights police worked together to locate Kelly near Schultz Estates in Clinton Township. Kelly allegedly saw police and fled into Sterling Heights, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

The chase concluded when officers blocked in Kelly’s vehicle in the Sterling Heights High School parking lot. When Kelly allegedly refused to cooperate with police, a Clinton Township officer used his baton to break out the driver’s side window, retrieve Kelly and make the arrest.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said “the sudden, vicious attack” on her cousin revealed “how dangerous” the suspect was.

“Thanks to the swift, concerted efforts by two of Macomb County’s finest agencies — Clinton Township and Sterling Heights — this dangerous suspect was apprehended before she could inflict any more harm,” Smith said in a press release.

Kelly retained an attorney, Thomas Spitzer, who said Aug. 29 that he was still reviewing the police report and other facets of the case.

Spitzer said his first impression was that police “probably arrested the wrong person,” saying that the cousin who was stabbed had allegedly attempted to fight numerous individuals that evening.

Kelly was in town for her aunt’s funeral, Spitzer added, and this scenario escalated in the span of just a few hours.

As for the $1 million bond, he called it “overly dramatic.”

“It’s ridiculous. I understand that the magistrate — the first impression of the case and they do what they think it is correct,” Spitzer said. “To me, it’s probably an overreaction. We’ll ask them to reconsider the bond to something more reasonable.”

41-B District Court officials said Kelly’s next court appearance, for a probable cause hearing, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 9 in front of Judge Carrie Lynn Fuca.