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Winfield bound over in assault

Kathy Ryan Staff Writer
February 04, 2016
Grosse Pointe Park — Darian Lee Winfield, 19, has been bound over to stand trial in Wayne County Circuit Court on charges he assaulted a Grosse Pointe Farms woman as she walked on Cadieux during the early morning hours of Dec. 13.

Winfield was arrested by Detroit police Jan. 8, and is being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $1 million bond after being charged with murder and first degree home invasion stemming from a series of attacks that took place in December and early January in the Warren and Cadieux area of Detroit.

Winfield was charged in the Park attack shortly after he was arrested in Detroit.

Park Detective Michael Narduzzi testified he questioned Winfield Jan. 9 and he was wearing what appeared to be the same white hoodie he was wearing the night of the attack. Surveillance cameras on nearby businesses caught the suspect, clad in a white hoodie, as he walked in the area and as he appeared to be running from the scene.

Narduzzi also said Winfield confessed to the Park assault and provided a written statement regarding the attack. In his statement, Winfield said he attacked the woman with a silver butter knife with a serrated edge because “she gave me a crazed look I didn’t like.”

Narduzzi testified Winfield told him he intended to scare the victim, and did not intend to rob her or sexually assault her.

The victim, who is not being identified by name because of the nature of the charges, testified at the hearing Winfield grabbed her as she walked on Cadieux near Charlevoix, pushed her to the ground and “hit” her several times across her upper chest and face.

It was only after he fled the victim determined she had been stabbed several times.

Although the wounds were not life threatening, a facial wound required several stitches and she said she suffers from nerve damage. Her face still bears a prominent scar.

Under questioning from Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor David Champine, the victim said she and her husband had been returning from a night at a downtown casino and had gotten into an argument near Cadieux and Harper. She got out of the car and started walking down Cadieux toward Mack. While walking near the Cadieux Café, a tall, thin black male, later identified as Winfield, approached her and asked to use her cellphone. She gave him the phone, he made two calls and returned the phone to her.

While she had the sense Winfield was following her, she said once she reached Mack and Cadieux, she did not see him anymore. Surveillance videos show Winfield had crossed Mack at Harvard and cut through the alley before accosting her near Charlevoix.

Jarboe set the Circuit Court arraignment for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8.

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