Deangelo Martin

Deangelo Martin (Booking photo)

Suspect In Detroit Serial Killer Case Charged In Stabbing, Rape

June 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A man identifed by Detroit police as a suspected serial killer has been charged in a rape and attempted murder. 

Deangelo Kenneth Martin, 34, was arraigned in 36th District Court Monday afternoon on four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to murder. He was denied bond and remanded into custody in the Wayne County Jail. 

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Martin is accused of sexually assaulting and stabbing a 26-year-old Detroit woman at 1:40 a.m. on May 7, at a home on Detroit's east side. 

Police are continuing to investigate Martin, who was arrested Friday evening, in connection with the deaths of three other women whose bodies were found in similar circumstances in vacant homes on the city's east side.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday he is confident that Martin, a homeless Detroit resident who frequents the east side, is the killer they've been looking for. 

The first victim, identified as 52-year old Nancy Harrison, was found March 19 in an abandoned house on Coventry near I-75. A second woman, identified as 53-year old Travesene Ellis, was found in a home on Linnhurst near Schoenherr Rd. A third woman in her 50s was found dead June 5 on Mack near Mt. Elliot. 

The 26-year-old in the May 7 case, as well as an additional victim, the chief said, survived. 

Craig said it seems a single suspect has been targeting prostitutes, luring them into abandoned dwellings and killing them. "Of course there's a reason why we're linking the three," Craig said, although he would not elaborate. 

Martin will be back in court for a probable cause conference set June 20, followed by a preliminary examination on June 25.

Meanwhile, as the investigation continues, 40 Detroit police officers are going door-to-door, searching every open vacant house on the east side, looking for additional victims.

Anyone with information should call Detroit Police Homicide at 313-596-2260 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP (1-800-773-2587).