Kalamazoo Man Charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Murder After Leaving Alleged Beating Victim Under Dumpster

On Friday November 8, 25-year-old Drew Stafford Thorngate was arraigned on one charge of assault with intent to murder in the alleged beating of a man who Thorngate argued with over missed massage appointments, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Thorngate was arraigned in Kalamazoo County District Court after officers found a man in a parking lot with life-threatening injuries on Tuesday. dumpster-alley-199668-m.jpg

The name of the alleged victim has not been released; he is being identified only as F.V-P by Kalamazoo Public Safety Detective Brian Beauchamp. The victim allegedly contacted Thorngate on November 5 to request a massage. Apparently the victim had requested an appointment for a massage on more than one occasion, and had stood Thorngate up.

Thorngate admitted that he met up with the victim on November 5, and that an argument ensued. The two men met in the 500 block of South Rose Street, according to what the defendant told Beauchamp, who testified that Thorngate struck the victim in the back of the head with a baseball bat, then placed him under a dumpster after dragging him through the parking lot.

The victim was hospitalized at Bronson Methodist Hospital where he was in the critical care unit, said to have been intubated by doctors. Beauchamp testified that phone records were used by detectives to identify Thorngate as a suspect in the assault.

As of last news reports, Thorngate remained held in the Kalamazoo County Jail; no details were released regarding the next court date.

Assault with intent to commit murder is a very serious criminal offense, one that could potentially leave the accused facing a lifetime or any number of years behind bars if convicted. Without effective legal guidance and support, the consequences will be life-changing; often times, those convicted face ruin of their reputations and careers, even family relationships.


If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with assault with intent to murder, aggravated assault, murder, or any serious or violent crime, you must take action immediately. Contact a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney known for obtaining outstanding results for clients.

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