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Detroit man, 91, found dead; Homicide investigation underway

Family identifies victim as Paul Monchnik

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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.

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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."

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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.

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