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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fatal Dog Mauling of a Nine-Year-Old Girl - WCPO has received a warrant request for a suspect in connection with the fatal dog mauling of a nine-year-old girl that occurred yesterday in Southwest Detroit. It is currently being reviewed; there will not be a charging decision today. An update will be sent out when a decision has been made.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Fatal Dog Mauling of a Nine-Year-Old Emma Hernandez - WCPO received a warrant request yesterday for a suspect in connection with the fatal dog mauling of a nine-year-old Emma Hernandez that occurred in Southwest Detroit. It is currently being reviewed, and a charging will not occur today. A decision is expected tomorrow. A press release will be sent out when a decision has been made. An arraignment will not occur tomorrow morning.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Detroit Man Charged in Fatal Dog Mauling
of Nine-Year-Old Emma Hernandez

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Pierre Cleveland, 33 (DOB: 12/22/1985), in connection with the death of nine-year-old Emma Hernandez, both of Detroit. On August 19, 2019 at 4:03 p.m. in the alley of a location in the 6030 block of Central Avenue, the victim was riding her bicycle with her 13-year-old brother when she was fatally attacked by three pit bulls. A male neighbor threw bricks at the dogs in an attempt to stop them from attacking the child. The child was observed with multiple bite wounds on her body. Medics were called to the scene, rendered medical assistance, and transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Defendant Cleveland was the next door neighbor and owner of the three pit bulls that attacked the victim. On August 19, 2019, before the fatal attack, it is alleged that the defendant left the dogs that he knew were dangerous, loose and unsecured in the backyard of his home while he went to a nearby store. Investigation of the location revealed that the fence that lined the yard was damaged and not secure. There was also a garage side door that was open and led to the alley where the victim was attacked. Further facts and evidence in the case will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.

Prosecutor Worthy said, "It is horrible to imagine what Emma went through as she was being mauled to death by vicious dogs allegedly owned by the defendant.

"It is high time that the City of Detroit shines a light on the owners of these dangerous animals that sometimes roam and wreak serious havoc - none worse than what happened here."

The defendant has been charged with: Second Degree Murder, Dangerous Animal Causing Death and Involuntary Manslaughter.* Cleveland was arraigned in 36th District Court at 2:00 p.m. today before Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for August 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Michael Wagner in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $2 million cash/surety bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Detroit Man Charged in Three Domestic Violence Incidents
on Princeton Street

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Robert Mario-Louis Williams, 31, (DOB: 02/14/1988), of Detroit, in connection with three separate domestic violence complaints. The defendant and the victim shared a residence at the time of the complaints.

July 12, 2019 at approximately 11:58 p.m.

Detroit police officers responded to an Assault and Battery complaint at a residence in the 16500 block of Princeton Street in Detroit. Upon arrival, the officers located the victim. It is alleged that the defendant struck the victim and threw her down a flight of stairs. The defendant left the scene before the officers arrived. The defendant has been charged with Domestic Violence.*

Williams was arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. A Pre-Trial has been scheduled for August 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Austin Garrett in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $25,000/10% bond.

August 16, 2019, at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Detroit police officers responded to a location in the 16500 block of Princeton Street in Detroit. Upon arrival the officers found the same victim. It is alleged that the defendant choked, struck and threatened the victim. The defendant left the scene before the officers arrived. The defendant has been charged with Domestic Violence.*

Williams was arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. A Pre-Trial has been scheduled for August 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Austin Garrett in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $25,000/10% bond.

August 21, 2019 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Detroit police officers were dispatched to the location in the 16500 block of Princeton Street. It is alleged that the defendant fired shots at the victim. The victim was not injured and the defendant left the scene as the police officers arrived. Investigation by the Detroit police led to the arrest of the defendant. He has been charged with Felonious Assault, Felony Firearm, Resisting and Obstructing Police and Domestic Violence.*

Williams was arraigned this morning before 36th District Court Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for September 3, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for September 9, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Jude Lynise Bryant in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $100,000 cash/surety bond.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilt

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