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Former Quicken Loans exec held in homicide

Mike Martindale, and Ian Thibodeau

Commerce Township — A 36-year-old Commerce Township man was arrested Tuesday in an apparent murder-attempted suicide involving his wife.

According to authorities, the man is suspected of having stabbed himself in the abdomen after allegedly killing his 38-year-old wife with a knife during an argument about 9:40 p.m. Monday in their home in the 1700 block of Applebrook, near Sleeth and Commerce.

While the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office declined to name the man pending formal charges, Noah Ian Ravenscroft is listed as being in custody in the Oakland County Jail for homicide.

Three children, ages 12, 10, and 4, were found unharmed on the home’s second floor. They are now staying with relatives.

The 10-year-old made the initial 911 call to report his parents were arguing and his father had gone to get a knife.

When deputies arrived, the man — dressed in blood-soaked clothing — answered the front door and allowed officers inside while making statements that his wife was dead. She was found in the living room, and later pronounced deceased, according to authorities. A kitchen knife, believed to be the murder weapon, has been recovered.

An autopsy Tuesday determined the woman died from multiple stab wounds.

The suspect remains listed in stable condition in a hospital where he is being treated for “self-inflicted injuries.” He was described as conscious and to be interviewed by the sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit.

Ravenscroft is a former Quicken Loans executive and was discussed in a company-wide email Tuesday.

Ravenscroft had been employed at Quicken Loans for more than a decade and had last held a position of senior vice president involved in a technology post; he resigned in mid-December, said Aaron Emerson, a vice president of communications at Quicken Loans.

“We are saddened by this terrible tragedy involving our former team member. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted during this very difficult time,” Emerson said in a statement

Emerson confirmed a company-wide email on the former executive went out Tuesday but would not disclose its contents. A copy of the email, obtained by The News, was written by Quicken President and Chief Marketing Officer Jay Farner. It read:

“Unfortunately, I have some very sad news to share this morning. Former technology team leader, Noah Ravenscroft, reportedly took his wife’s life last night and attempted to take his own as well. His young children, who were home at the time, are unharmed. That is all the information we have at this time. If more information becomes available, we will be sure to let you know. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family that has experienced this terrible tragedy.

“Grief counselors are available on-site today and tomorrow for any team member who would like to speak to them during this difficult time. If you would like to arrange a time to talk, please contact your team relations specialist.”

Meanwhile, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard called the incident “incredibly tragic” in a tweet, as well as an incident last week in which a Pontiac man allegedly attacked his wife with a hammer.

“They have become far too common but they are so incredibly tragic,” Bouchard tweeted. “Two different husbands attacked their wives. One with a hammer to the head and the other was stabbed to death (Monday) night while three children were in the home.

“I have been in this business a long time and the sadness only seems to grow. I still hope society will learn how to deal with abusers and create a fully functional mental health system. Prayers and peace to the victims.”

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