4 in custody after attack at Harrison Twp. motel
Four suspects are in custody after allegedly attacking a Wixom man who went to a Harrison Township motel to meet a woman on Sunday night, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
At about 10 p.m. Sunday, the 31-year-old victim arrived at the Ruth Motel, on the 35400 block of Jefferson. The woman took the man into Room 9, where another woman was inside.
Once the man got inside, two men are alleged to have jumped out of the bathroom and assaulted the victim, who told police he was punched several times and had his wallet with $150 cash stolen, along with his cellphone, watch and a knife.
The victim told police that his attackers held him down for a half-hour and demanded bank information.
The victim offered an alternative: he would go to the bank himself get more money. His assailants warned that they had his address and would find him if he didn’t return with more money.
Once free, the man ran to safety at a nearby 7-Eleven and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies soon arrived, but Room 9 was empty by the time they did.
While two of the suspects were found hiding in the rear of a silver 2000 Ford Focus, technology proved the undoing of two others, police say.
A deputy noticed a ringing phone on the bed and picked it up. On the other line, an operator from the Michigan Department of Corrections, checking on the status of the department’s GPS tether, which the owner of the cellphone was wearing. After verifying the deputy’s identity, the operator gave the deputy the location of the tether, which was on Lamour Street, not far from the motel.
That’s where deputies found Alphonse Grzelakowski Jr., 34, of Roseville, and one of the female suspects.
On Monday, the county prosecutor’s office authorized two charges — unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony, and unlawful imprisonment, another 15-year felony — against Grzelakowski and the three other suspects: Joseph Kratz, 25, of Warren; Dana Rose Withers, 24, of Warren; and Nichole Lynn Harbison, 31, of Warren.
Harbison was arraigned Tuesday at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township. The others were arraigned Monday. All were given $15,000 cash-or-surety bonds and are in the Macomb County Jail. Each is due back in court on March 7.