15-year-old stabbing suspect charged as adult in fray

James David Dickson

A 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing a 16-year-old during a large fight Monday night was arraigned Thursday in 39th District Court in Roseville.

Brandon Williams of Roseville was charged with assault with intent to murder. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has charged him as an adult. He faces up to life in prison.

The fight at Veterans Memorial Park left a 16-year-old Eastpointe resident in critical condition and in need of open-heart surgery, police said.

Police arrived at the park about 9 p.m. Monday after getting “several calls” about a large fight. They arrived to find several dozen teens in the gazebo area of the park. The crowd scattered when they saw police, leaving the 16-year-old on the ground with a stab wound to his upper chest, according to police.

The argument preceding the stabbing, police say, owed to a rumor the suspect had spread rumors about the victim’s girlfriend. The victim confronted the other teen, and the two argued. According to a statement from Roseville Police Chief James Berlin, the 15-year-old says he didn’t intend to stab the 16-year-old, just scare him away, but the altercation “got out of hand.”

Before being taken to the hospital, the teen gave the name of the teenager who allegedly stabbed him. Police arrested the 15-year-old at his home about a half-hour later “without further incident.”

Visiting Judge Herman Campbell set bond for Williams at $100,000. He is being held at the Macomb County Juvenile Detention Facility. A preliminary examination is set for Aug. 10.


Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.