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Posted on Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 11:41 a.m.

Ann Arbor man stabbed in early morning assault

By John Counts

An Ann Arbor man in his early 20s was stabbed in the abdomen early Sunday in the 400 block of South First Street, police said.

At 3:50 a.m., the man was assaulted with a knife in front of the apartment building where he lived by an unknown suspect, also in his early 20s, Ann Arbor police Sgt. Mike Scherba said.

The suspect fled the scene. The victim walked to a gas station on South Main Street where someone called authorities, Scherba said.

The male victim was transported to the University of Michigan Hospital where he underwent surgery and is still being treated.

The circumstances leading up to the incident are not known, police said. They continue to investigate.

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Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

"The victim walked to a gas station on South Main" -- would probably mean he managed to get to the BP gas station at William & Main. That business also sells grocery items (which locals buy) in addition to the usual "gas station fare." I myself go in there 2-3 times a week - because it's also a "convenience store" and IS convenient to area residents. "At 3:50 a.m., the man was assaulted with a knife in front of the apartment building where he lived by an unknown suspect..." Assaults happen any time, any place - as anyone who keeps track of the AAPD Crime Maps knows. The assailant chose to use a knife and it's fortunate the he didn't choose a handgun because a gun shot might have rendered the victim unable to walk anywhere or to get help in time. It's also fortunate that the assailant stabbed the victim only once - we can be glad he desisted when he had the upper hand. I could walk to the spot where this stabbing took place in minutes. I could also walk to the (now closed) Dream Nite Club in the same amount of time. And - I've noticed that AAPD "stations" an officer at AATA's Blake Transit Center (across the street). I'm just supposing that's done as an anti-crime measure but believe that's a good bet. I've lived in almost all areas of Ann Arbor since moving here 38 years ago: I long ago decided I needed to take measures to protect myself. - This latest assault just reinforces that conclusion.


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 2:26 a.m.

Funny how violent crimes have risen steadily along with shrinking of our AAPD. But, of course, Mayor Hieftje, there is no correlation between the two. I keep in that mind every time I read about the crime in out city. It gives me comfort.


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 5:17 p.m.

But isn't the level of police "presence" dependent on having an adequate source of funding? I'd be interested in knowing what effect on taxes and fees (and parking citation revenue) having the "former" level of police presence restored would have on our pocketbooks. I live in the downtown area (widely considered to have the highest crime rate) and every time I walk or bike around the downtown area: I see one or more AAPD patrol vehicles. Seriously: the one thing I get from actual observation is that we have cops in that area all the time- yet crimes occur when cops aren't around. So I wouldn't vote either way for any mayor just based on a fluctuating crime rate - the fluctuations are influenced by several factors which can't be so easily pinned down. Sorry, there might be reasons for voting for a "Hieftje opponent" but then we'd have to be more sure that the new replacement would be competent and not just talking campaign rhetoric. If we the voters remove Hieftje: what are we going to get as a result? Will the new mayor provide enough police to satisfy everyone or will they provide us with higher taxes and other costs of residence here? There may be better replacements for our current mayor: have you got one in particular you'd recommend? I think we'd all like to know before election day.


Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

This has always a bad area of town, fighting, stabing and thefts.

Mike Carry

Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

Growing up in Ann Arbor use to be safe, it seems these days their is much more violence in our City. Cuts to police force don't help, forget the AATA we need more officers patrolling the streets!


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 : 12:33 a.m.

Horse pucky. You must not have been downtown in the 60s-80s when it was a dump. AA is way better than it used to be.


Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 8:51 p.m.

This area of Ann Arbor was never safe, I rember from 1995 when the crime even worst.


Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 6:10 p.m.

Mike, you're right. Ann Arbor wants to be a big city and sadly it is, with everything that means, including more crime. Now, more than ever, foot patrols would be necessary, but won't happen.


Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Change your perspective a won't seem as bad. Is the crime rate because of how many police we have on the street.....or because of how many criminals we have on the street? Or both?

say it plain

Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 5:04 p.m.

This is very disturbing, I hope we get more details and a captured suspect!


Sun, Sep 9, 2012 : 6 p.m.

I've got more details but since they're not "confirmed" my comment would be deleted quickly....