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Police search for second suspect in fatal stabbing

Holly Fournier and Shawn Lewis
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 22-year-old Mount Clemens man inside the victim's truck.

Deputies are looking for Jayvon Tarice Cates, 18, said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham. Cates is described as 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds.

"He is being actively sought by our department," Lt. John Michalke said earlier Monday. "We have crews that are out looking for him now."

Jayvon Tarice Cates

A second man was arraigned Monday afternoon on a felony murder charge in connection to the stabbing, which happened Saturday night, according to the sheriff's office.

Deandre Arnold, 18, was arraigned by video in 41B District Court and is being held without bond in the Macomb County Jail. He is due back in court March 9.

The incident occurred around 8:18 p.m. Saturday, according to the sheriff's office. The 911 dispatch center received a call of a vehicle crash behind a business located at 178 Northbound Gratiot in Mount Clemens.

When deputies arrived, they found a 2003 Dodge pickup, which struck a pole and was occupied by Alexander William Burkart, 22. When deputies removed him from the vehicle, they saw a stab wound to his chest.

Deandre Lee Arnold

First aid was administered until EMS arrived, and Burkart was taken to McLaren Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives viewed video surveillance footage that showed an altercation occurred moments before Burkart drove across a parking lot and struck the utility pole. Investigators viewing the video identified Cates and Arnold as participants in the altercation and possible suspects in the homicide.

Arnold was taken into custody early Sunday and questioned. He admitted his involvement in the altercation, according to the sheriff's department.

The felony murder charge is given for murder committed during another felony, said Michalke, who added the suspects in this case robbed the victim. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Macomb County Sheriff's Office at (586) 307-9412.

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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