Man suspected in crimes charged in Grosse Pointe attack

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Grosse Pointe Park — An 18-year-old Detroit man suspected in a spree of Wayne County attacks was charged Thursday in a stabbing last month in Grosse Pointe Park, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Darian Winfield is accused of stabbing a 48-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms woman after briefly speaking to her around 12:05 a.m. Dec. 13 as she was walking on the 1400 block of Cadieux in Grosse Pointe Park, Miller said. The woman was injured in the face, neck and upper chest area.

Winfield allegedly fled the scene after the attack and the woman called 911, Miller said. The victim was treated at a hospital and later released.

Winfield is charged with assault with intent to murder. He was arraigned Thursday before Grosse Pointe Park Municipal Judge Carl Jarboe and given a $1 million cash bond. He is due back in court Jan. 27 for a probable cause conference.

“The successful prosecution of the alleged actions of this defendant will bring closure to several crimes in Wayne County,” Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement.

Winfield, whose age previously was reported by police as 19, is charged in one other case and suspected in at least three others.

The man already is jailed on $1 million bond in a case stemming from a Dec. 30 home invasion and attempted sexual assault in Detroit, Worthy said. In that case, he is charged with first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

Winfield is suspected of killing a 17-year-old girl who died days after an attack Jan. 7 in Detroit, Miller said. The girl died Jan. 12 from her injuries and Detroit police continue to investigate the case.

Police have said Winfield also is suspected in two other sexual assaults. The first attempted rape occurred Dec. 18 on the 5000 block of Haverhill. Another attack occurred early Dec. 31 on the 5300 block of Radnor.

Anita Pace, Winfield’s mother, has questioned her son’s involvement in the assaults, saying he does not match the description of the suspect police distributed last week and investigators failed to find evidence at her home or his apartment positively linking him to the crimes.

But police have said Winfield has a history of violence. He was given probation for a previous conviction of assault with intent to do great bodily harm in an incident last year involving a 17-year-old girl, Chief James Craig has said. That incident was not sexual in nature.

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