Man arrested after fatal stabbing in Warren

Holly Fournier, and James David Dickson

A 27-year-old man died early Friday after he was stabbed by his roommate during a dispute over money, according to city officials.

Two female roommates discovered the injured victim lying on the floor after overhearing an argument after 6 a.m. on the 11300 block of Rivard Avenue, near Eight Mile and Hoover roads, Mayor Jim Fouts said.

“They came in and found the (victim) on the ground and the 23-year-old (suspect) was still armed with a knife,” Fouts said. “They called police and according to my report the suspect was arrested at the scene.”

Warren police earlier said the suspect fled and was captured a few blocks away.

The victim was transported to St. John Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m., Fouts said. His name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

No charges have yet been filed against the suspect, who remained in custody Friday morning.

“(Officials) are interviewing the two witnesses, they’re doing forensics and then after that (the case) has to go to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office,” Fouts said.

Neighbor Jeff Lampkin said he arrived home from his midnight shift around 6:20 a.m. Friday, just minutes before two police cars arrived with a fire truck and ambulance.

Officials took a gurney inside the home and exited with what appeared to be a body inside a body bag, he said.

“That’s when I knew it was something serious,” he said. “They went in there and came out with a person; they had him all wrapped up.”

Lampkin, 40, said he has lived across the street from the home for about five years.

“I made a stop (on my way home from work Friday),” Lampkin said, looking across the street at the beige and brown ranch-style home. “If I hadn’t, I might have seen or heard something.”

Neighbor Latina Anderson, 28, said she saw several police cars clustered around the crime scene around 8:45 a.m. but never expected it was in response to a violent crime.

The officers remained in their cars and there was no visible crime scene tape at the scene, she added.

“This block is always quiet,” said Anderson, who moved into her home more than a year ago. “I haven’t seen any fights, no arguments, no nothing.”

The block was quiet again around noon Friday, with several vacant structures sitting alongside well-kept homes. Many residents did not appear to be at home mid-day Friday.

A large, white envelope taped to the door of the crime scene was addressed to “Grieving Family/Property Owner.” The porch light was lit but there was no answer at the door.

Anderson covered her mouth in shock when she learned the stabbing victim had died.

“Even though I didn’t know the man, it still hurts me that he lost his life,” she said. “And over something so petty as money.”

The death marks Warren’s first homicide of the year, the mayor said. Last year saw two homicides while 2014 had four killings.

“Typically homicides are about people who know people,” Fouts said. “It’s rarely just random.”

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