Man arrested in death of Army veteran in Highland Park
Highland Park — A suspect is expected to be arraigned this week in the death of an Army veteran who was shot Wednesday near a DDOT bus stop, police said.
The man was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. Sunday and should be arraigned within the “next few days,” Police Chief Kevin Coney said Monday morning at a City Hall press conference.
The suspect is accused of shooting 59-year-old veteran Stanley Paul Carter in the chest around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday near a DDOT bus stop on the 11800 block of Woodward at Tennyson Street in Highland Park.
Police last week quickly identified the suspect as a person of interest and publicly released his identity.
“Once we put his picture out there, he didn’t come forward,” Coney said. “So that’s how he became a suspect.”
Coney on Monday identified the suspect as a 50-year-old recent parolee who served 20 years in prison for second-degree murder. He was staying at a halfway house in Highland Park at the time of the shooting.
The Detroit News is not naming the suspect because he has not yet been charged with a crime.
Coney last week said it appeared the shooting stemmed from a botched robbery. He declined on Monday to elaborate on a potential motive.
“We don’t have all the facts together yet,” he said. “I don’t think (the suspect) knew (the victim). I think this was a random act.”
Tips from the public helped lead police to the suspect, who was hiding in an apartment building near Palmer Park, Detective Brian Menge said.
“Basically, we just got a tip of his location, and followed up on the tip and he was taken into custody without incident,” Menge said.
Coney and Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom praised the community for stepping forward with tips in the case.
“The message that it gives to criminals that are watching right now is Highland Park is no longer the place that you can come and think you can commit crimes,” Windom said at the Monday press conference. “It’s all about respecting this community again.”
Officials on Monday said there have been roughly seven homicides this year in Highland Park, on par with last year’s statistics.
Coney said police likely would not have apprehended the suspect in last week’s shooting without help from tipsters.
“We can’t do this by ourselves,” Coney said. “Without the citizens’ help, this probably wouldn’t have been at this point.”