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Detroit police: Man mysteriously killed after checking into community home

Investigators suspect victim died of blunt-force trauma


DETROIT – A man who checked himself into a halfway house to escape the cold weather was found dead hours later in Detroit, police said.

The death is considered suspicious, but it’s not a homicide investigation yet, the Detroit Police Department said.

However, police said Sunday night that they’re looking for a person of interest, who might have information in the case. Antonio Stone, 44, is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds (pictured below).

Investigators spent much of the afternoon at the house in the 7300 block of Dexter Street, just off West Grand Boulevard and Grand River Avenue, on the city's west side.

The man's body was found just after 1:45 p.m., police said, adding that the victim was between the ages of 40 and 50.

The house is what some call a “community home,” where those living on the streets can come escape the cold temperatures. But a man who runs the home found the victim in an upstairs bedroom.

Detroit police are now trying to determine exactly what led to the man’s death.

“It looks like blunt-force trauma,” one officer said. “He was hit in the head.”

Andre Ali Morgan, who operates the house, called the Unified Minds Project, said he “basically (helps) people out with the things they need.”

The victim arrived Saturday night with a friend, looking for shelter, Morgan said.

“Everyone was alive and well when I left,” Morgan said. “And I come back to a crime scene.”

Morgan found the victim covered in a blanket.

“I thought he was asleep,” Morgan said. “So I closed the door back, and then I said, ‘You hungry?’ And he was unresponsive. I pulled the blanket back, saw the head wound and I ran out of the house and called 911.”

Local 4 cameras were rolling when crime scene investigators brought evidence in brown bags out of the house. Morgan said whomever killed the victim was likely someone that man had befriended.

Anywhere from five to 15 men spend the night, on average, Morgan said, adding that there isn’t an official check-in process in place.

That makes the investigation that much trickier for detectives, and it leaves Morgan wondering what would make someone want to hurt a fellow man in need.

“No good should ever come to you for that -- ever,” Morgan said.

Anyone with information on Stone’s whereabouts is asked to call the Detroit Police’s Homicide Unit at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK- UP.