Police: Man attacked Westland woman, 64, in her home

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Westland — A Detroit man was arraigned Monday on assault charges after he allegedly punched, bit and choked a 64-year-old woman during a home invasion in Westland.

Shadonn Jenkins, 21, was arraigned in 18th District Court on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, first-degree home invasion, assault by strangulation and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, according to the Westland Police Department.

Bond was set at $750,000 cash and Jenkins is due back in court Sept. 3 for a probable cause conference.

Police said the victim was home alone around 3:15 p.m. Thursday on the 37800 block of Westwood Circle when a man knocked on her apartment door and requested a ride. The victim closed the door and called the office to report a stranger in the building.

As she ended the phone call, the woman saw the man enter her home through a door-wall, police said. Authorities allege Jenkins punched the victim in the head as she attempted to retreat, bit her in the chest, and choked her until she lost consciousness.

Two building maintenance men arrived and saw a man standing in the victim’s doorway with his hands covered in blood, police said. The workers then found the victim on the floor, also covered in blood.

The suspect ran from the building, police said. One worker remained with the victim while the other called 911 and followed the suspect until officers arrived to take him into custody.

The victim was found by officers “beaten and bloody” in her home, police said. She sustained several injuries in the attack, including a severely swollen face, several teeth knocked out, a broken orbital bone, a broken nose and bruising around her neck.

“There is a clear message that in Westland our citizens watch out for each other,” Mayor William R. Wild said. “Our police are diligent on maintaining the safety in our city and our citizens are the greatest resource to be the eyes and ears for police and help each other out.”

The police department credited the two maintenance workers for their help bringing the case “to such a speedy closure.”

“This is another reminder of how important it is to always be aware of your surroundings and have all eyes on deck,” Chief Jeff Jedrusik said. “If you have elderly relatives or neighbors, check on them regularly and get to know their neighbors so they too can keep an eye on our older citizens, who are often the most vulnerable.”


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