4 charged in screwdriver stabbing in Oakland Township
Rochester Hills — Two 20-year-old men and two teenage girls were charged Friday in the screwdriver stabbing of an Oakland Township man earlier this week during an apparent van break-in.
The 58-year-old victim was stabbed 12 times outside his home in the 100 block of Lyndon Circle about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when he apparently confronted the suspects — the girls are 13 and 16, and sisters from Oakland Township — breaking into his vehicle.
The victim struggled with at least one of the men and was held down and stabbed during the altercation. The roles of all four people involved have not been detailed by investigators.
The man, who sported several bruises and a black eye on his face, attended the court appearances Friday for the suspects, but declined questions from reporters.
Michael Latimer of Pontiac and Colin Feeney of Oakland Township were charged with assault with intent to murder and armed robbery in a video arraignment from jail before Rochester Hills 52-3rd District Judge Lisa Asadoorian.
Later Friday afternoon, the girls were ordered held in Oakland County Children’s Village. Probate Court Referee Lisa Harris ordered them held pending hearings to determine how their cases will proceed. It’s still to be determined if they will be tried as adults.
“You and I have met more than once, correct — in my courtroom — correct?” Asadoorian asked Feeney at his morning court hearing.
He admitted he had been before Asadoorian on other criminal matters.
On Assadorian’s questioning, Latimer confirmed he has an extensive criminal history with 16 convictions.
Asadoorian, who said she had “concerns for the public’s safety,” entered not guilty pleas for both men. She also ordered them held in the Oakland County Jail without bond pending a Dec. 3 probable cause hearing. A preliminary examination for the pair, also before Asadoorian, is set for Dec. 13.
Latimer was arrested Wednesday at his home and told investigators he was at the address involved in the stabbing. Feeney was arrested in Lake Orion the next day and the two girls Thursday.
The charges against Feeney and Latimer are punishable by up to life in prison.
A designation/preliminary examination hearing for the 16-year-old is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30 before Judge Lisa Langton, at which time it may be determined whether she will go to trial as an adult or a juvenile.
She is a student at Lake Orion High School and has a criminal history.
According to Oakland Circuit Court records, she is on probation after pleading guilty to an April charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and without a driver’s license. The girl, who was 15 at the time, told authorities she was at a party and drank vodka and “a couple of beers” and then took a car — belonging to the mother of one of her friends — without permission.
Police pulled the girl over in Pontiac at 2 a.m. because she was swerving in her lane and she was later determined to have a blood alcohol level of 0.15 — nearly double the amount that a legal, licensed motorist can be arrested for drunken driving.
When asked earlier this year who gave her permission to take the car, the girl — who had never applied for a driver’s license or had any driver’s training — said: “I gave my own self permission” according to a referee’s report in the case.
Assistant prosecutor Anthony Marek said Friday a lack of parental supervision in the girl’s home, the violent nature of the stabbing incident and her criminal history made it necessary that she be detained in custody.
“He (the victim) is lucky to be alive,” Marek told Harris, noting she was found at the home of an adult boyfriend, one of the 20-year-old men charged in the stabbing incident.
Marek noted the younger sister, who is home-schooled, has no criminal history but is “hanging out with the wrong people and making extremely poor choices.” In denying bond, Harris agreed the sisters’ lack of parental supervision and “bad choices” presented a concern for their personal welfare, along with that of endangering the public, should they be released from custody.
The younger girl’s attorney will have a preliminary hearing before Harris at 1 p.m. Dec. 1.