Dearborn teen held hostage in home by suspect with scissors, police say

15-year-old safe, suspect in custody


DEARBORN, Mich. – A Dearborn teen was held hostage Wednesday morning in his home by a man who was armed with scissors.

The 15-year-old, who is only being identified as Haider, told Local 4 he was working out in the basement of his home on Williamson Street around 2 a.m. when he was confronted by the man.

"He must of heard me boxing because he came downstairs, put scissors to my throat and said, 'Call the police and tell them to come here or I am going to kill you.'"

Haider's sister, Shabreen, said the man had her brother pressed up against a wall with the scissors.

"I told him to come to me. I was trying to lead him outside, but he wouldn't listen," Shabreen said.

Officers responded and tried to get the man to release the teen.

"We were in my room and police were talking to him calmly through the window to get him to leave. I was terrified," Haider said.


Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the man, who is 19, was eventually taken into custody and is being treated at a hospital for self-inflicted cuts. He also lives in the neighborhood, appears to have been on narcotics and has a history of mental illness, Haddad said.