Man accused of attempting to cut another man's throat with box cutter heads to court
Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office
A 35-year-old Ypsilanti man accused of trying to slash another man’s throat with a box cutter will appear in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Tuesday. The pretrial hearing in Judge Donald Shelton’s courtroom comes nearly a year after the alleged attack took place.
Police searched for Kevin Nashon Franklin - who has two other known aliases including “Cheeseburger Franklin” - since the time of the incident in August 2011 until they arrested him last month.
He was arraigned in June on charges of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and carrying an unlawful weapon (the box cutter).
He stood mute to the charges at his preliminary examination June 12 and is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.
According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, at 2:40 a.m. Aug. 17, deputies were dispatched to the 9100 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Superior Township after receiving reports of a stabbing.
A 43-year-old Superior Township resident was assaulted and cut with a razor. Money was a possible motive, according to the sheriff’s office.
The man who was attacked told police he got home and observed a large group of people standing near his residence. As he got out of his car, someone in the group called for him to come over and talk. Two suspects then initiated a physical fight. Others joined in striking the man in the head numerous times with fists and bottles, according to police.
The man was able to get to his porch, but as he was attempting to get inside the door, Franklin allegedly tried slashing the man’s throat with a razor. The man was able to defend himself with his arm, which was cut in the process.
The Superior Township man was able to get inside and call 911. The suspects fled.
A second suspect, a 27-year-old Ypsilanti man, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder in the case - among other charges— but that case was dismissed without prejudice in the district court in September 2011.