Police investigating double homicide in Lansing area – WSYM-TV

Police investigating double homicide in Lansing area - WSYM-TV

UPDATE: Police believe there were more intended victims

MASON — A Delta Township man killed two women early Friday and intended to kill two others to rid “the demons of some dear friends of his,” police said. 

Police found the bodies of two young women in separate Lansing area locations early Friday after police said a third woman called police about a former boyfriend violating a personal protection order, sending disturbing texts and knocking on her door. 

In a joint press conference with Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich and Meridian Township Police Chief Ken Plaga, police said the incident began in Delta Township.

Sheriff: Eaton Co. man who murdered 2 was on a killing spree

Police said Eaton County Sheriffs Office deputies were called at about 2:40 a.m. for the violation of a personal protection order in the 5300 block of Mall Drive West in Delta Township.

The woman, police said, had received texts from a former boyfriend saying “he loved her so he spared her, and she would know what that meant soon,” Wriggelsworth said. He was knocking on her apartment door and wanted to come in. 

He eventually left, and was later pulled over by Eaton County deputies on a traffic stop on on Interstate 69 near Otto Road. Deputies took the 27-year-old Delta Township man, who they have not named because he has not been charged, into custody on unrelated warrants. 

He showed deputies photos of two dead women on his phone, Wriggelsworth said. Officers found the bodies of the women in Delhi Township and Meridian Township, police said.

After finding the front door unlocked, police discovered a 26-year-old woman dead in her apartment in the 4400 block of Doncaster Avenue in Delhi Township. The front door was unlocked. She died from blunt force trauma, they added.

A 32-year-old woman, of Williamston, was found dead in the 2700 block of E. Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township. She also died from blunt force trauma, Wriggelsworth said.

Police are not releasing the identities of either woman until family is notified. They said they dont believe it was a random act but are still trying to determine the relationships between everyone involved.

Police said the man had two additional women he intended to kill, neither of whom were the Delta Township woman. The two women have been notified and are safe, Wriggelsworth said. 

Theres no doubt he was on a killing spree, Wriggelsworth said. “A true bad guy was taken off the street by the Eaton County Sheriffs Department and thank God for that.”

Marc Johnson, 53, has lived in the Huntley Villas Townhomes community in the 4400 block of Doncaster Avenue in Delhi Township for the past two years

He woke up about 9 a.m. Friday and saw Ingham County Sheriffs Office and Michigan State Police forensic unit vehicles parked near his home.

 Until it happens near you, you would never think it could happen, Johnson said. This is the type of thing you see on (the TV network) Investigation Discovery.

He said he couldnt remember seeing or hearing any disturbances Thursday night or early Friday morning. 

Neighbors Marissa McNeill, 33, and Jonathan McGalliard, her fiancé, were also shocked to wake up to a crime scene.

We didnt hear anything or see anything out of the norm, McNeill said. We didnt think anybody was in trouble.

INGHAM CO., Mich. (WILX) — Overnight Friday morning, a man killed two women that were former acquaintances of his, police say.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich, and Meridian Township Police Chief Ken Plaga held a joint conference to release the details.

The suspect, who lives in Delta Township but is from Chicago, Illinois, went to the home of a third person around 2:40 a.m. and banged on her door, asking to be let in.

She contacted the police and told them that she had received text messages from the suspect that said he loved her so he spared her, and she would know what that meant soon. Suspect also texted he had been ridding the demons of some dear friends of his.

In about an hour the police located the suspects vehicle on I-69 near Otto Road and made a traffic stop.

When police located the 26-year-old man, police say that he showed them his phone with pictures of two women that were deceased.

They found a 26-year-old white female deceased at the 4400 block of Doncaster in Holt, and a 32-year-old white female dead at the 2700 block of E. Grand River from Williamston.

Police also said that the man had two more victims that he intended to go after. Police have notified those women and they are safe.

Wriggelsworth said that the “quick capture saved many lives.” He added that they “got a bad guy, off the streets” who was on a “killing spree.”

This is a breaking news story. WILX News 10 is working to get more details on this story, and will update the story as more information becomes available. 

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