LIVONIA, Mich. – Floyd Galloway Jr. appeared in court Thursday via video live stream for a probable cause conference on charges stemming from an attack on a jogger at Hines Park in Livonia.
Galloway, of Berkley, is considered a person of interest in the missing case of 28-year-old Danielle Stislicki. But right now he's accused of attacking a woman Sept. 4, 2016 while she was jogging in the park. He faces charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct with intent to commit penetration, and assault with intent do great bodily harm by strangulation in connection to the Hines Park attack.
Galloway was arraigned on those charges June 28 and is being held on a $750,000 bond. His preliminary examination will be Aug. 1. Galloway's attorney, John Dakmak, waived his client's right for a preliminary examination within seven days of the date of the probable cause conference.
Hines Park jogger attack
Back on Sept 4, a 28-year-old woman told officers that a man wrapped his arms around her neck and struck her on the side of her face when she was jogging in Hines Park. She struggled with the attacker as he attempted to drag her toward the Rouge River. Police said the man attempted to remove her clothing and told her that he wanted to have sex with her.
The victim was able to fight off the man and run away. She flagged down a motorist and used his phone to call police.
Connection to Stislicki
Galloway, 30, is no stranger to the Stislicki family. He was a security guard at a Southfield building where Stislicki and her mother, Ann Stislicki, worked. That's the last place the 28-year-old Farmington Hills woman was seen in December.
"Floyd would watch many folks who would work late at night," Ann Stislicki said. "Would watch you walk to your car to make sure you were OK."
Ann Stislicki said Galloway was always kind and professional to her.
Farmington Hills police said they have been working with Livonia police and have spoken to Galloway in the past.
"The detectives investigating the Stislicki case have spoken to Galloway in the past and have conducted previous searches at his Berkley home," Farmington Hills police said in statement released June 28. "Galloway is a former security guard who worked for a contracted company that previously provided security at MetLife in Southfield where Danielle Stislicki was employed. Galloway was acquainted with Danielle during his security duties at MetLife."
The combined evidence collected from both investigations led Livonia police to arrest Galloway. Farmington Hills police wouldn't be specific about the evidence.
Berkley home searched in December
Galloway's home in Berkley was searched on Dec. 22, 2016, about three weeks after Stislicki went missing. Law enforcement searched the home, which is in the 2900 block of Oxford Road in Berkley. Sources told Local 4 a mattress and other items were taken out of the home. Neighbors said the man living at the home had not been seen in Berkley since police searched the home.
Officers carried a mattress out of the home. Local 4 was told some floorboards were confiscated by authorities and sent off for testing. Police also removed a car from the garage.
Neighbors didn't want to speak on camera, but one said it's "very unnerving" and "feels better that he's at least in custody." He was shocked Galloway has been named as a person of interest and very upset that he's charged in the Hines Park attack.
Galloway, 30, has a clean criminal past, other than a misdemeanor charge for operating while intoxicated back in 2008. He pleaded guilty to the charge and received 6 months probation.
Allen Park police investigate similarities
Allen Park police are investigating similarities between a sexual assault case they are investigating and the Livonia Hines Park attack case.
Livonia police had released a sketch of the attacker back in September. Allen Park police said that Livonia police sketch is similar to the one they released Tuesday in connection to a sexual assault on June 10, 2017. Allen Park police believe the cases could be connected due to the similarities of the sketches, which were made by two different sketch artists.