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Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.

Detroit man arraigned on 6 counts in Ann Arbor stabbing; female suspect in custody

By John Counts


Dorian Ashton Johnson

Courtesy of WCSO

The Detroit man police arrested after finding him hiding in a closet was arraigned at the Washtenaw County Jail Thursday on six counts related to an early Sunday stabbing in Ann Arbor.

Police don’t think 21-year-old Dorian Ashton Johnson acted alone, however. A female suspect is in custody and may also soon face charges, Ann Arbor police said.

Johnson was charged with assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit an assault with intent to murder, possession of a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, conspiracy to commit a crime with a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit an assault with a dangerous weapon.

The conspiracy charges allege Johnson and the female suspect planned the stabbing together. will name female when she is arraigned on charges.

The weapon in question was described by Magistrate Elisha Fink, who arraigned Johnson on the charges, as a knife with a blade of more than three inches.

It’s alleged Johnson used the weapon to slash a 22-year-old Ann Arbor man in the abdomen Sunday morning in the hallway of an apartment building in the 400 block of South First Street.

The severely wounded victim made it up to the BP gas station at Main and Williams where an attendant called 911 around 3:50 a.m., police said. The man remains in the intensive care unit at the University of Michigan Hospital, where he has undergone surgeries for his wounds.

On Wednesday, Ann Arbor and Detroit police said they tracked Johnson down to a house in Detroit where they found him hiding in a closet.

Fink set Johnson’s bond at $20,000 cash or surety.

“I’m setting it that high because of the severity of the charges,” she said.

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Mon, Sep 17, 2012 : 8:38 p.m.

Please update this story. When is the female going to be arraigned? It is going around that the victim has died. Is it true? Inquiring minds want to know.


Mon, Sep 17, 2012 : 6:55 p.m.

The female has not been charged or been or arraigned. But the article states that the female "planned" the stabbing??? Think maybe you are jumping the gun?


Sat, Sep 15, 2012 : 1:17 p.m.

Big and bad at the time of the crime...hiding in the closet


Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 11:53 a.m.

What was the gal doing in the closet? and what did she have to do with it? The headline is kind of goofy..... dude's arraigned, yet female in custody??????

simply amazed

Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Did I miss something? Where does it say the girl was in the closet? As I read it, it said that they found him in a closet, arrested and arraigned him. And then arrested a woman they thought was involved. "Dude" is in jail already. Now she is too. What was so confusing about the article?


Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 4:47 a.m.

What kind of anger would provoke a Knife Stab in the gut? What did the victim do, if anything, to "deserve" a Knife Stab in the gut? I hope the criminal justice system will figure this out, rather than a Plea Bargain: "Your Honor, he wants to put this behind him, etc." Come On Judges! Be Proactive! Find Out why the alleged defendant (innocent until proven guilty, etc) did this "alleged" deed. Inquiring minds want to know! Judges: It's Your Job! Please, please, do not Shirk your Duty!


Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 8:40 p.m.

I heard from a friend who heard from a homeless guy that the guy who got stabbed was "kidnapping women". Not sure if true, but if so it might explain the female coconspirator.


Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 2:58 a.m.

he 'll be wearing a oragne T instead of a black one soon .. we have send the message..dont mess with Ann Arbor


Thu, Sep 13, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

They threw the BOOK at him!!


Fri, Sep 14, 2012 : 2:54 a.m.

he's Detriot ...if he was from ann arbor or ypsi they would give him assult with deeadly ...


Thu, Sep 13, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.

Hm. Was this stimulated by an argument?