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Suspect in potential serial killer case charged in stabbing, sexual assault of woman

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 17:41:06-04

The suspect named in the case of a potential serial killer has been charged in the nonfatal stabbing and sexual assault of a woman.

Deangelo Martin, 34, allegedly stabbed and sexually assaulted the victim at a house on Detroit's east side on May 7.

Martin has been charged with one count of Assault with Intent to Murder and four counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree.

Martin was previously identified as the person of interest after Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced there was a a potential serial killer and rapist.

Craig said they have been in the middle of the investigation which started several months ago, beginning with an incident on March 19 in the 20000 block of Coventry, where the female victim, identified as 52-year-old Nancy Harrison, was totally disrobed. Police say when she was first located, the cause of her death was originally thought to be a drug overdose. However, after further investigation, it was discovered that she suffered blunt force trauma. No further details have been released on her death.

The body of the second victim, Travesene Ellis, was found on May 24 on Linnhurst, between Gratiot and Chalmers on the city's east side.. No further details have been released on her death. She was reported missing on May 15. She was last seen on April 21 in the 13000 block of Linnhurst Street, where her body was later discovered.

Wednesday morning, a woman's decomposed naked body was found inside a vacant home on Mack near Mt. Elliot.

Martin was arraigned on Monday afternoon.

Suspect in potential serial killer case charged in stabbing, sexual assault of woman