Father of 4 brutally attacked, robbed outside party store after cashing check on Detroit’s west side

Police are actively investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made

DETROIT – Surveillance video captured a violent robbery and assault at a party store on Detroit’s west side.

The attack happened Tuesday (May 30) at Big V Party Store on Greenfield Road near Grand River Avenue.

The victim, 55-year-old Emad Aledany, worked at an auto shop across the street and went into the party store to cash a check after work.

When he left the store with the cash, security footage showed a man following him outside the store.

The video shows the suspect slamming Aledany onto the concrete before running off with his cash.

Aledany was taken to the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung.

“The whole family is in tears,” said Aledany’s sister-in-law, Nada.

Nada said the father of four has always worked hard to provide for his family.

“He’s a very hardworking man, and for this to happen, he’s really upset about it,” Nada said. “He came from Iraq in 1996, and he’s been working and supporting his family, and all of the sudden this happens.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover expenses related to the attack.

Police are actively investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.