Police continue search for suspect in non-fatal stabbing at townhouse in Utica

Authorities believe stabbing was random

By Nick Monacelli - Reporter

UTICA, Mich. - Authorities believe a non-fatal stabbing at a townhouse in Utica last week was random and detectives continue to search for a suspect.

The stabbing happened Thursday at about 3 a.m. in the garage of a townhouse on Jenney Court, in the area of Hall Road and Van Dyke.

Police said the victim was leaving for work and opened his garage, but headed back into the house to grab something. When he returned, he's confronted by a man with a knife and was stabbed three times.

Police escorted the ambulance to the hospital. The 54-year-old victim was listed in serious condition at the hospital. 

"He's conscious, he's alert and he's cooperating," Det. Greg Morabito said.. "He's still undergoing treatment and he's probably going to be in the hospital for awhile."

Steve Payne lives in the neighborhood and said there was knocking on his door early the same morning.

"He was actually pounding on our door a couple minutes prior to this happening," Payne said. "We ended up getting a video doorbell installed over the weekend."

Payne decided not to open the door and wished the surveillance camera had been installed because police don't have much of a description of the suspect.

"Sometimes the littlest thing could help break a case," Morabito said. "If you have any information at all we'd like to hear it."

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