Royal Oak Man Charged in Strangulation Death of Father

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ROYAL OAK, MI – A 31-year-old man has been charged with the death of his 73-year-old father after the man was found dead late Thursday evening in a home they both shared.

Dane Mathew Steward

On January 17, 2019 at 5:52 p.m., Royal Oak Officers were called to a home in the 3700 block of Elmhurst when relatives notified police they were concerned about their father after repeated phone calls to the father and the man’s son went unanswered.

Responding officers located the father deceased inside the house with his hands and legs bound. Officers discovered the father’s vehicle missing and attempted to locate it along with the man’s son who was identified as Dane Mathew Steward.

As the investigation continued, officers learned a Berrien County deputy had contact with the Dane Steward early Thursday morning because the vehicle had run out of gas on I-94 near the Indiana boarder. As a broadcast was sent to agencies throughout Michigan and neighboring states, Gratiot County deputies were called to investigate a subject acting erratically at a gas station Thursday evening.

Deputies identified the subject as the son and were alerted he was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in Royal Oak. As the deputies began taking him into custody, he violently assaulted the deputies and fled in the vehicle, sparking an hour-long pursuit through several counties. Gratiot County deputies pursued the vehicle through Clinton, Ingham, and Livingston Counties while other deputies along the pursuit route deployed spike strips, which disabled all four tires of the vehicle.

The vehicle became completely disabled on I-96 in Livingston County near Howell where the son was taken into custody with the assistance of the Livingston County Sheriff deputies. No other injuries were reported during the pursuit and the son was taken to the hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.

The father is believed to have passed earlier in the week. Strangulation was ruled as the cause of death, according to Royal Oak police.

Dane Steward has been charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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