Masked attacker who stabbed man at Washington Township ATM charged

Suspect used knife to stab victim before fleeing scene

Zachariah Thornton.

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith has charged Zachariah Thorton in connection with attacking a Shelby Township man at a Chase Bank drive through ATM in Washington Township on Nov. 16.

Thorton has been charged with assault with intent to rob while armed, a felony with a sentence of up to life in prison, for attacking the Shelby Township resident.

Original Story: Person stabbed by masked attacker while trying to use Washington Township ATM

Police and prosecutors allege that the suspect, wearing all black, including a face-covering and gloves, approached the victim from behind as he was using the ATM.

Thorton demanded money from the victim, and the victim tried pushing him away. Thorton then used his knife to stab the victim before fleeing on foot.

“This obviously was a terrifying experience for the victim,” said Smith. “I commend the due diligent efforts of the Sheriff’s Deputies in apprehending and removing this dangerous criminal from the streets. Had he not been taken into custody, I have no doubt the defendant would have continued this criminal behavior. This is a reminder to be aware of our surroundings.”

Thorton is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon at 42-1 District Court in Romeo.

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