Maurice Abraham, a 27-year-old Detroit resident, may face trial after he was caught on surveillance footage at a BP gas station in the 20200 block of the southbound Lodge Freeway stabbing a 64-year-old man repeatedly after entering the store. Abraham’s case has been bound over to the Wayne County Circuit Court. He was charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.
Abraham had also been charged with resisting and obstructing arrest, however those two counts were dismissed due to lack of evidence. The incident took place on May 11 at about 5 a.m. as Abraham allegedly approached the 64-year-old man as he was leaving the BP station, demanding his money.
The older man was chased by Abraham after fleeing back inside the station, then repeatedly stabbed as other patrons and employees witnessed the incident. He survived his injuries, although the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Abraham reportedly lives in the area according to a news article at Mlive.com. Detroit Police Lt. David LeValley said that the video tape was broadcast on several newscasts, and that because of the broadcasts a tip was received providing the name of the suspect. Abraham remained in jail on Wednesday May 29 pending payment of a $100,000 bond.
Michigan criminal defense lawyers know that both armed robbery and assault with intent to murder are extremely serious charges, leaving individuals who are convicted facing harsh punishment. Armed robbery may be punishable by up to 15 years in prison depending on the circumstances; assault with intent to murder may leave the accused facing any number of years up to life in prison.
If you have been arrested for or charged with any theft-related or violent crime, it is imperative that you consult with a talented Michigan criminal defense attorney right away. You must have a capable, aggressive lawyer who will work vigorously to protect your legal rights and freedom, thoroughly reviewing your case to determine the most effective legal strategy.