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Posted on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:59 a.m.

2 arrested in death of man in Ypsilanti

By Cindy Heflin

One man is dead and and a man and woman have been arrested after a fight Sunday night in Ypsilanti, police said.

Ypsilanti police were called to the 900 block of Railroad Street about 9:31 p.m. Sunday to investigate a possible fight, police said in a press release. When they arrived they discovered a 46-year-old River Rouge man dead.

Their initial investigation revealed the man and a 20-year-old woman from Ypsilanti and 20-year-old man from Farmington Hills have been involved in a fight, which ended in the River Rouge man’s death, police said. The man suffered blunt-force trauma and other unknown injuries, police said in the release.

The two suspects were arrested. Police said they were acquaintances of the victim. Their names have not been released.

The address where the homicide occurred is part of the Peninsular Place apartment complex. It is across the street from the Eastern Michigan University Campus and is the complex where EMU student Julia Niswender was killed in December. Police ruled her death a homicide.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Sgt. Tom Eberts at 734-482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP.

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Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 9:10 p.m.

so who manages this place? who do they really rent to? i was my understanding that this was specifically student housing - was the bf a student? does this management company have a handle on who is living in their units? no way would I let my kid move in there - not with bodies showig up.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

Once again, my hometown lives up to its reputation.

Jonathan Blutarsky

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

River Rouge never gets a break, sheezus!


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:31 p.m.

I hate to say this but this is now a way of life. Nobodys being held accountable for their actions anymore and this is what you get. You want something...just take it. If they wont give it up freely, take their life. I used to care, but I feel most don't and thats where I'm at now. Just be carefull who you rob, because I do still care about my family and will protect them with my life or yours. The rest of you good luck you and yours.

dading dont delete me bro

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:46 p.m.

still waiting on my emu text alert... sure it'll come any minute now.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

No need for that, but thanks for your 'concern'. There isn't a threat to the community, so there is no need for a Timely Warning notification to be issued. If the two suspects weren't arrested, you would have it already. Some light reading for your free time.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:29 p.m.

go to the website and read about when they send out the text, geesh. There isn't an on-going threat to the public as the suspecets were arrested on scene immediately following the incident. What would you like a text in reference to the weather or perhaps you are so incapable of taking care of yourself you need a text with directions on how to tie your shoes, either way i doubt a University is going to text you in regards to a homicide where there isn't an ongoing threat and it wasn't in their jurisdiction. they should delete you for making ignorant comments.

Kyle Mattson

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:37 p.m.

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Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:33 p.m.

Death on Easter Sunday: We have this problem in understanding man's criminal behavior and violent actions. Does man have free will? These two young people have to give account of their actions that may have contributed to the loss of life. Some among Christians believe that man is born with free will and others think that all actions are preordained and predetermined. I belong to the second camp which is founded by thinkers like Martin Luther, and John Calvin. It is rather difficult to offer a proper explanation for such actions where the preordained actions of a person may cause the death of another person. It appears very unfair and unreasonable if I have to prematurely die because of the predetermined actions of a different person. But, in my experience, the issue of fairness and unfairness will disappear by simply inviting the grace, mercy, and compassion of the Lord God into one's personal life. It appears that any kind of human existence; in good health or ill health, with injury or without injury is not possible in the absence of Divine Providence. That is the nature of human existence as it is always conditioned by an external force or power. I cannot simply rule or govern my own existence. By receiving the Divine Grace, I find that the burden is easy. The power of grace is such that it predetermines all of one's own actions to confer that graceful influence upon actions that the person performs.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:24 p.m.

Alrigh everyone, lets stop with the overreaction, Ypsilanti isn't Detroit and as someone who has lived in the city and works in the area frequently let me point a few things out. Ypsilanti doesn't have just once police department, EMU has their own force that patrols the area around campus and to be honest I see them on Huron River Dr and Leforge all the time. Secondly, poverty and crime in Ypsilanti has been a problem for a number of years, however there is a new breed of criminal that comes from places like Detroit, Flint, Pontiac etc... Those criminals are brought to Ypsilanti by EMU and while it's nice that EMU has their own police force it isn't nice to dump more criminals in the city of Ypsilanti so that the EMU administration can brag at University conferences about how they are a diverse college and they admit a ton of kids from Detroit Public Schools. EMU needs to up its entrance standards and then maybe we can start to work on the crime rate around EMU. Until then YPD and EMU PD are simply just arresting a new batch of kids every year. Don't believe me, look at EMU's joke of a graduation rate. These kids come to school from Detroit, flunk out, commit crime and leave a wake of destruction in their path. Any other business in America with a success rate of 33 percent would fold up shop, EMU just keeps admitting kids with no hope of graduating, but hey it's not like people are dying, oh wait. Between this homicide, the murder of the girl in the same complex, the Murder on EMU's campus a few years ago and those kids getting shot just off EMU's campus this summer how would any parent send their kid to EMU unless the University committed to raising standards is beyond me.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

You said "stop with the overreaction." Then you went on to blame EMU and failed students from Detroit for crime in Ypsi. Glad you stopped the overreaction for us, sheepyd.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

Do you have any empirical evidence to support your claims? Yeah, Orange Taylor was a student, so there's one goone. It appears as if you're stereotyping and a certain demographic of student as being criminals, when in fact, EMU has students that do criminal things that come from all over the state/country (also internationally) and just because they don't fit your preconceived idea of a criminal, you're excluding them from your baseless rant. Also, a lot of students don't graduate/stop attending EMU do to financial reasons, not just grades. So, unless you want to start throwing money at students, you should be careful how you judge those that start EMU and don't graduate.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:17 p.m.

Toot toot, there's that (almost) sound again....

Angry Moderate

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Have you ever been to EMU? I highly doubt that these thugs were students. Although many EMU freshmen fail to graduate, it isn't because the campus is full of 5,000 violent drug dealers.

Cindy Heflin

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:04 p.m.

Just wanted to update everyone: Our reporters have gathered new information, and we'll be publishing a new post about this homicide investigation soon.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

It is not clear from the article whether or not the two 20 year-old suspects are residents IN that immediate area. If it is true they're from that immediate area, we can hope to see confirmation in future articles about this incident. For now, it's sufficient to agree that our impression about that area is very negative. Otherwise, I think it would be interesting to find out what led up to the fight. No guns were involved, according to this report. Someone killed someone else with "their bare hands" - seems even worse than a "gun death."


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:42 p.m.

Despite being expensive to live there you can use student loans to cover your rent similar to living on campus which opens the doors for anyone to move in.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

Sounds to me like Peninsular Place Apartments would be a good place to stay away from.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

It sounds like "Peninsular Place" is becoming the new South Grove or even West Willow!!!!!!


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:36 p.m.

People are just behaving like animals these days. They need to quit acting like trash and stop these senseless crimes. These people need to have the book thrown at excuses..there are no acceptable excuses for a crime of this nature. No reason good enough to beat someone to the point of death. Now a life has been lost and these two have ruined their own lives as well. Something needs to be done about this area and a close eye needs to be kept on this apartment complex in particular. The police not releasing any information on the nature of the death of the young girl(which was ruled a homicide) isn't helping. People need to know these things so they know what to look out for and how to keep themselves safe. We know these two crimes aren't related but it makes you wonder in general what's going on over there. I know I wouldn't want my child living over there after hearing of two incidents such as these. So sad that on a holy day such as Easter people would behave in such a manner...or on any day for that matter.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:31 p.m.

This dump is taking over in crime area from the places on Grove...


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:15 p.m.

This is a prime example of the very REAL problems facing the city. Our police department does an absolutely incredible job despite the fact that our city manager and elected officials have decimated its staffing level. Our police department is outnumbered and out-armed by the ever-increasing thugs and gang-bangers that control our streets and neighborhoods. Instead of concentrating their time and resources on these very REAL problems, our city manager and elected officials expend energy and public funds on ridiculous matters such as one-way vs. two-way traffic patterns, round-a-bouts, negotiating to bring in a new and improved Family Dollar store, and so-called "master plans." If our city manager and elected officials continue to fail to recognize how any why serious crime and gang violence are quickly killing any chance the city has for its future survival, all of these other INVENTED initiatives are utterly meaningless. The time is well past to focus our time and limited resources on public safety.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:35 p.m.

You are are right about the outstanding job YPD does every day, in spite of pitifully inadequate staffing levels. The current city manager is not to blame for the staffing levels, however, the previous one is. The previous city manager, the current mayor and most of the current council are responsible. The new guy, Lange, is the one trying to get more public safety people hired.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:15 p.m.

what is an improved Family Dollar Store?a Dollar Store is Dollar Store..

Michael Roth

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3 p.m.

Spot on, Really??!!


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 1:49 p.m.

Another day, more crime.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:27 p.m.

Someone is dead and this is how someone responds. And we wonder why crime keeps going up.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 1:35 p.m.

Heard this on the scanner. Very sad to hear. I'm glad they caught them.

Buzz light year

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

Quit listening to the scanner. Go for a walk


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

The police have arrested two suspects. At this point it is not known if they are responsible for this man's death.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

Interestingly, the last two words in the heading were missing in my email alert. As digital bandwidth and device capability is hardly an issue anymore, probably the news can retain the full title as subject line.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:44 p.m.

No Billy..Railroad is off LeForge.LeForge north of Railroad has been bad long before that place was ever built.I've seen your comments before they got deleted and I think you know exactly why.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

Billy..have you ever driven from Detroit to Grosse Pointe ? All you have to do is move 15 feet on the same road and you are in a different world.Until AS OF LATE those apartments have been quite quiet


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:54 p.m.

"LeForge north of Railroad has been bad long before that place was ever built." Aaaaaaaand isn't that my ENTIRE point? That is a bad area an HAS BEEN for a long time.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

This is just awful. What an ignorant crime. How do we turn this part of town around? The area around EMU and east of there is, frankly, scary. My husband and I are looking to purchase a house here and have been paying close attention to crime data--the area around campus, among others, is off limits no matter how great a deal the house is.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:27 p.m.

essjay....just look around there are plenty of nice safe areas around and in Ypsi.The problems are pretty much confined to a few certain areas.For some reason this particular area has been going off the hook lately.Google crime map and you can see where the most problems are ( and you can actually see the crimes in Ann Arbor ) ( you certainly won't read about them on this site )

Dirty Mouth

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

Stick to the Depot Town area. People look out for one another over there. Cheers.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:33 p.m.

You are smart to do this. What really hurts is potential students and parents also research crime reports. Not about what area to move to, but whether EMU should be in the discussion as a university. As a parent, when I see repeat things occurring - I'll spend tuition dollars elsewhere.

Steve Krause

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

Look on the other side of campus, essjay, in the neighborhoods known as "College Heights" and "Normal Park." You can look it up yourself, but in those areas, you'll find crime stats pretty similar to a lot of Ann Arbor.

Dirty Mouth

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:37 p.m.

Maybe its time for CCTV cameras and better screening of potential renters? I mean carry on like this (at Peninsular Place) is unacceptable!

Angry Moderate

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

Do we know that they were Peninsular Place tenants? Or that they had any record that would show up in screening?

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:23 p.m.

CCTV would stop anything

music to my ear

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:02 p.m.

is anyone, anywhere, safe anymore. if the deceased was hanging around trouble, well he found it in the worse way. so sorry for he and his family.

Craig Lounsbury

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

the "is anyone safe" question is of course unanswerable and I suppose rhetorical. But when these sorts of things involve "acquaintances" I take comfort in the thought that I don't hang around with anyone who would do me harm. In my 61 years I have run across folks I wasn't too sure of and simply distanced myself from any meaningful contact.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:46 a.m.

Is this Peninsular Place again? What in the world is going on in that complex?

Buzz light year

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

A "reporter" at the scene, ha

Cindy Heflin

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 1:50 p.m.

Yes, this is Peninsular Place. We have a reporter at the scene and will be publishing an updated story as soon as we have more information.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

"$1350 for a 3 bedroom?!?!?? WOW are they ripping people off over there. That's WELL over what the mortgage on a nice starter house around here would cost.....AND YOU GET EQUITY!!!!!!" That's how they get people. Most people who would choose this option as opposed to buying a house more than likely can't get qualified to buy a house or for some reason can't find a house to rent. So if you need that kind of space, what other option is there?


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:33 p.m. someone pointed out in a deleted comment it's student housing approx $450 per student


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:32 p.m.

No No buddy....THAT is totally Leforge.......and trying to say it's off railroad instead...well you know what that looks like.... I'm always tickled when I see my comments about leforge being a terrible area get ranked down. Like that's going to somehow change it from being the "wrong side of the tracks" in ypsi....


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:27 p.m.

Billy...It's not off Leforge it's off Railroad...nuf said


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

$1350 for a 3 bedroom?!?!?? WOW are they ripping people off over there. That's WELL over what the mortgage on a nice starter house around here would cost.....AND YOU GET EQUITY!!!!!!


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

It's off Leforge....nuff said...


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 11:56 a.m.

It is indeed Peninsular Place and the rent is extremely high. This is student housing for Eastern Michigan University and each student pays between 450 and 600 per bedroom. That's $1350 for a 3 bedroom, so I don't think it's the rent!

Cory C

Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:57 a.m.

Low rent rates.


Mon, Apr 1, 2013 : 10:09 a.m.

This is so sad. "Blunt force trauma" does not have to be repeated twice in the same paragraph.