Detroit man, 91, found dead; Homicide investigation underway

Family identifies victim as Paul Monchnik


DETROIT – Detroit police are asking for the public's help to identify a man who is wanted in connection with the deadly attack on a 91-year-old man.

Police Chief James Craig said the victim, identified by family members as Paul Monchnik, was found around 3 a.m. Monday in his home on Bentler Court.


Craig said the man who attacked Monchnik tried to cover his tracks by setting the body and home on fire.

The man drove Monchnik's silver Chevy Venture minivan to a gas station to purchase the gas that was used to set the fire, Craig said.

Police have released a photo and a clip of the surveillance video from the gas station with the hope that someone will recognize the man. He's described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, medium build. He was wearing a red or orange knit hat with a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Watch: Surveillance video

"We are going to fight hard to identify who is responsible for this," Craig said. "This has to stop."


Neighbor George Stewart III saw someone driving away in the victim's minivan before the fire in the home broke out.

"Next thing you know, I walked back in the house and we smelled fire. I looked outside and I saw and heard a whole bunch of glass breaking," Stewart said.

Police are still looking for Monchnik's minivan -- license plate CNU 1721.