Troy police: Man arrested in aunt's bludgeoning death
"It was just an out of the blue incident that got out of control," said Troy Captain Robert Redmond David Guralnick, The Detroit News
Troy — A nephew became enraged during an argument Monday with his aunt and bludgeoned her with exercise equipment, Troy police said, after a manhunt that led to the arrest of a 20-year-old suspect.
Troy Capt. Robert Redmond called the slaying on the 6500 block of Shoreline Street "an out-of-the-blue incident that got out of control."
The slaying sparked a manhunt that lasted more than an hour and spread into a neighborhood, a golf course and a field on South Boulevard, during which officers fanned out on foot with a K-9 unit and deployed helicopters to aid the search. The suspect, who has not been identified, was found hiding in weeds after officers on foot spotted a bloodied boot that the suspect had been wearing, Redmond said.
Police responded around 3:30 p.m. Monday to Shoreline, where they found the woman dead it the basement of her home. She is believed to have been killed with "some type of weightlifting equipment, a barbell or something," Redmond said.
After the slaying, the suspect fled to a house next door, and, seeing officers approach the victim's home, "jumped out of a second-floor window and took off running," Redmond said.
The home in which the slaying occurred was among several in which family members of the victim live in the same area, police said. "They were pretty torn apart with the news ... it'll take some further time for them to calm down enough for us to get decent information from them," Redmond said.
There appeared to be no history of police calls to the home, Redmond said. "There've never been any runs we're aware of," he said, adding that the department would "obviously have to do some searching."
Police blocked off a portion of Shoreline, a neighborhood of two-story homes, as neighbors watched from their yards. One man, who said he has lived on the street for more than 20 years, couldn't recall any major crimes.
“This is a quiet place — nothing going on,” he said. "It makes me feel sad for the family.”
Two elementary schools and a middle school were placed on lockdown during the manhunt, police said.
"We are glad he was caught so quickly because this is a residential area," said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.