Anthony Iannotti, man wanted in murder of Warren grandmother, has been arrested

Posted at 10:03 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 11:36:21-04

Shelby Township police say Anthony Iannotti was arrested Tuesday morning in the brutal beating death of a 62-year-old grandmother from Warren. 

Iannotti was taken into custody after reportedly trying to break into a home near Ryan and West Utica in Shelby Township.

Police say a young mother and her child were home alone when Iannotti tried to break in. She was able to alert authorities and they rushed to the scene, according to police. 

Iannotti was later taken into custody in a nearby apartment complex. He was reportedly clean shaven with a bald head.

He has since been turned over to the Warren Police Department. 

"If you just look at his record alone, it's appalling that he's out on the street," said Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide. 

Iannotti had been on the run after he was named a person of interest in the murder of Donna Lawrence a little over a week ago. The body of Lawrence was found in her apartment on August 10. Mayor Jim Fouts says it was an extremely violent death.

The shower was still running when the body was discovered. Neighbors and crews working nearby told police they saw the suspect knocking on her window Wednesday morning and calling her name. She let the man in, according to witnesses. 

That same man was seen leaving the apartment soaking wet. He reportedly then got into Lawrence's car and drove away.

The vehicle is described as a blue Daewoo station wagon with an orange Detroit sticker on the window.