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Posted on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 2:06 p.m.

Police seek charges against 2 men in drug-related stabbing

By John Counts

Police are seeking charges against two men accused of barging into the Ypsilanti apartment of an acquaintance early Tuesday and stabbing him.

Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts confirmed Wednesday that arrest warrants are in the works for a 47-year-old man and a 28-year-old man.

Police are currently seeking the men, both of Ypsilanti. The 47-year-old man will be charged with first-degree home invasion, conspiracy to commit home invasion and assault with a dangerous weapon. The 28-year-old man will face only the two home invasion charges.

The men were told to leave an apartment in the 200 block of North Hamilton in Ypsilanti and then allegedly came back around 3 a.m., kicked in the door and stabbed the 47-year-old man who lives there, police said.

The two men police are looking for were acquainted with the victim.

"It's all drug related," said Eberts.

The two suspects came over to the apartment where the victim was drinking alcohol and possibly smoking crack cocaine with a few other people, police said. The victim told the two men he was busy and didn't want them there.

The men departed, but soon returned. The 47-year-old suspect was armed with a pocket knife. The two men barged in and the suspect used the knife to stab the victim in the shoulder, according to police.

The man suffered severe lacerations to his left shoulder and upper arm. He was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where he was treated for the wounds and interviewed by police. He was released soon afterward.

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Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

Yah right you'll spend more trying to collect than anything you'll actually get


Wed, Sep 26, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

When you choose this type of lifestyle and these types of...ummm..."accquaintances," you should have to pay for extra for police response. Lots extra. We should develop a schedule of charges, similar to the bail bond schedules used in other states. Drug-related theft: Automatic $5,000, payable on the spot Drug-related assault: Automatic $10K, payable on the spot. If the "victim" has no medical insurance, the price goes up to $50K. You get the idea. This will help cash-strapped municipalities re-staff, and will reimburse them for all the man-hours wasted working cases where the "victims" fail to show up to court, develop sudden amnesia when it comes time to testify, etc.


Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 5:08 p.m.

That tea party mentality will not work

greg, too

Thu, Sep 27, 2012 : 3:16 a.m.

This really seems to be a failure of the landlord in the building. Up until last year, I rented for most of the previous 15 years and my landlords usually had an idea of what I was up to or what kind of person I was. If the guy is having crack parties in his place, how could the landlord not know? I wonder how many of Ypsi's drugs and crime problems could be irradicated by getting rid of some of the deadbeat landlords? I am not saying, in any way, that all of the landlords in the city are deadbeats. But we all can think of certain areas of town where they are prevalent. That or we charging landlords for arrests that occur on their property?