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Police: Ex-boyfriend jumps out of closet, attacks

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Royal Oak — In what must have seemed like a scene from a horror movie, a woman and her boyfriend entered into a life and death struggle with a masked man who attacked them after jumping out of a closet armed with a knife and a hatchet.

The intruder, who police say proved to be the ex-boyfriend of the woman, was finally subdued after he was stabbed by her current boyfriend.

According to the Royal Oak Police Department, the drama unfolded at about 3 a.m. Monday when the woman, her boyfriend and another man arrived at a home in the 1000 block of E. Fourth Street owned by the boyfriend.

After entering the home, the boyfriend noticed the back door had been jimmied open. He then saw zip ties and duct tape positioned in the kitchen of the home.

At that point, the woman’s 21-year-old ex-boyfriend jumped from a closet wearing a mask, a hoodie and rubber gloves while holding a knife in one hand and a hatchet in the other.

The suspect, who initially was not recognized by the female victim, held a knife to the woman’s throat. They began to struggle at which time the victim’s current boyfriend grabbed a knife and stabbed the suspect.

The attacker was held on the floor until police arrived. He was arrested and then transported to William Beaumont Hospital with serious wounds.

The victim received minor injuries to her hand and neck and was treated at the scene by EMS.

Police haven’t released the identification of the suspect but did say he has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, home invasion and felonious assault.

The victim told police that her attacker had not previously been violent and has no known criminal history.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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