Detroit man charged in attack on EMTs

The Detroit News

A 30-year-old Detroit man was charged Thursday in connection with the stabbing attack on two Detroit first responders.

Michael Montgomery was arraigned on the charges in connection with the attack earlier this week on EMS workers and also a 10-year-old first degree criminal sexual assault charge. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Montgomery was arraigned before Magistrate Laura Echartea and given a $750,000 cash or surety bond for both cases.

In the EMS attack, Montgomery was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, one count of assault with intent to maim and one count of resisting and obstructing causing serious injury.

“The confluence of very tragic and violent events that led to the arrest of defendant Montgomery on charges brought today, as well as previously charged cases this week alone, are astounding,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.

Montgomery, who was arraigned via video in 36th District Court cried into his hands as he was arraigned Thursday.

“I’m trying to figure out the dates and the times,” a stunned-looking Montgomery told the magistrate as the long list of charges were read to him. He agreed he understood the charges as Echartea slowly read them all back to him.

First responders Kelly Adams, 49, and Alfredo Rojas, 25, were responding at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to a call at 3430 Third about a woman with a minor ankle injury outside the Neighborhood Services Organization homeless shelter south of Midtown.

According to Rojas and police, they were treating the woman when the man became agitated. He stabbed and slashed Rojas several times in the hands and face with an unknown weapon, police and Rojas said.

The man then stabbed and slashed Adams several times after she came to Rojas’ aid.

Police said the two badly injured EMTs rushed themselves to Detroit Receiving Hospital with “very serious injuries” after the attack. Both suffered deep lacerations from the incident.

Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steven Dolunt said Wednesday the two EMTs “nearly bled out from their injuries.”

Adams and Rojas were released Wednesday from Detroit Receiving Hospital, spokeswoman Ruth Kremer said.

Dolunt said investigators recovered a weapon among Montgomery’s clothing when he was arrested, but are waiting for DNA analysis to determine whether it was used in the attack on the EMTs.

The woman whom Adams and Rojas were called to help initially also was arrested. Her relationship to Montgomery was unclear.

Montgomery, who was also arraigned via video conference Wednesday in 36th District Court for a 2006 sexual assault and fatal stabbing, is also due back in court for a 2005 sexual assault.

Earlier this week, Worthy charged Montgomery with first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree felony murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the Jan. 1, 2006, killing of a 16-year-old Detroit girl, Dantoya White. Prosecutors say Montgomery sexually assaulted and fatally stabbed the girl on the 19800 block of Joy Road.

“I’m glad the Lord got him off the street,” said Dantoya’s uncle, Emanuel White.

A GoFundMe page was set up for Adams and Rojas.

Detroit News Staff Writers George Hunter and Oralandar Brand-Williams contributed.