Mt. Clemens Fatal Stabbing Suspect Charged; One Still on the Run


MT. CLEMENS, MI – An 18-year-old man has been arraigned for the stabbing murder of Alexander Burkart and another 18-year-old man is still being sought after.

Deandre Lee Arnold
Deandre Lee Arnold

Deandre Lee Arnold, 18-years-old, was arrested early Sunday morning after homicide investigators recognized him from video surveillance near the murder scene at 178 Northbound Gratiot Avenue.  Arnold has been charged with Felony Murder.




Deandre Arnold of Mount Clemens was video arraigned on felony murder charges in 41B District Court in Clinton Township. Magistrate Dan Goulette ordered he be held without bond in the Macomb County Jail.

Arnold’s alleged accomplice, Jayvon Tarice Cates, 18-years-old, is still on the run and is being sought after by authorities.  Police have said that they are very familiar with both suspects. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for his arrest. (Update – Jayvon Cates in now in custody)

On Saturday, February 21st, 2015, at around 8:20pm Alexander William Burkart, 22-years-old, from Mt. Clemens, crashed his truck into a pole behind a business at 178 northbound Gratiot Avenue near Park.

Jayvon Tarice Cates
Jayvon Tarice Cates

When authorities arrived on scene, they found that Burkhart had been stabbed in the chest.  He was transported to McLaren Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham declined to specify what motivated the attack, but did state that robbery was not the factor.  However, some type of altercation did happen involving the three men that resulted in Alex Burkart being stabbed to death.

Funeral services for Alexander Burkart have been announced.

If you have information concerning this incident, please call the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office at (586)-469-5151, (586)-307-9412, 911 or contact Crime Stoppers.

To submit an ANONYMOUS tip: Call: 1-800-SPEAKUP (1-800-773-2587)
Online: www.1800speakup.org
Text: CSM and your tip to CRIMES (274637)

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