The 29-year-old Detroit woman allegedly responsible for assaulting her 24-year-old girlfriend with a knife on Wednesday, May 30 was arraigned today, Friday, June 1 on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder in 52-1 District Court in Novi.
The suspect, Dominique Jones, is being held on a $25,000 bond with cash surety, according to the court. Her next court date is Wednesday, June 6 in front of 52-1 District Court Judge Robert Bondy.
According to a Walled Lake Police Department press release, officers were dispatched at 5:18 a.m. yesterday to a disturbance at Villa Court South and Villa Drive. Upon arriving at Pontiac Trail and Villa Drive, officers found two vehicles fleeing the scene. Both vehicles were stopped without incident.
One of the vehicle drivers, Jones, had injuries to her hands and chest. The driver of the other vehicle, a 17-year-old Commerce Township girl, was uninjured.
Police found a third woman, a 24-year-old Walled Lake resident who was reportedly Jones’ girlfriend, laying in Pontiac Trail with severe injuries to her hands and forearm.
“The victim is still at Botsford,” Walled Lake Police Chief Paul Shakinas said yesterday, Thursday, May 31. “The pictures are amazing. Her hand is extensively damaged — the nerves, the tendons. She’s almost cut to the bone all the way around from defensive wounds.”
Jones was transported to Providence Park Hospital in Novi for treatment of her injuries. The victim’s 2-year-old son, who wasn’t injured in the incident, has been placed with relatives through Child Protective Services, according to police.
Police state the incident began inside an apartment unit as a physical altercation, and then moved outside and continued down the street. According to police, Jones attacked the victim with a knife from the apartment’s kitchen. The victim fled into nearby woods and eventually emerged, collapsing on Pontiac Trail.
According to police, the 17-year-old girl took the victim’s car and tried to get the victim away from Jones. The victim reportedly told the girl to go back into the apartment and retrieve her son and ensure his safety. When returning to the apartment, the girl reportedly witnessed Jones trying to leave the scene and followed, thinking Jones had the infant in her vehicle.
Shakinas said the dispute appears to involve jealousy over a man, the 2-year-old’s father.
Police detectives recovered the knife along Pontiac Trail near the vehicles. Blood could be seen in the street.
“There was blood up and down the entire street,” Shakinas said, categorizing the scene as the largest anyone on the force had ever seen.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Wesley Beltz said the department assisted with diverting traffic and its forensic lab was deployed to help investigate.
Shakinas said law enforcement personnel from the Wolverine Lake and Novi police departments assisted, and “special thanks” was due to the Wixom Police Department for the extensive amount of time its officers spent at the scene.
Jones is the only suspect in the case, Shakinas said.