Macomb County Prosecutor Charges Illinois Woman with Attempted Murder

MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – A 30-year old female suspect from Chicago, Ill., who stabbed her male cousin and fled police, was captured in the early morning hours this past Saturday.Crystal Kelly

On Monday, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged Crystal Kelly with Assault with Intent to Murder, a felony with a maximum penalty of life in prison; one count of Fleeing and Eluding Police – 4th Degree, a 2-year felony; and one count of Resisting and Obstructing Police, a 2-year felony.

Police and prosecutors allege that on August 24, 2019 at 2:00 A.M., Kelly left a party at the Le Chateau Mobile Home Park in Clinton Township with a group of her cousins. Two of the passengers in the vehicle began arguing, resulting in Kelly stopping the car in the middle of Hayes Road, near the Crosswinds Condominiums, on the border of Clinton Township and Sterling Heights. Kelly proceeded to open up the door to the backseat and stab her male cousin twice in the neck. The fight continued in the street until the male victim fell to the ground. Defendant Kelly got back into the vehicle with the other passengers and drove away. The victim was left in the street, bleeding from his neck. He was ultimately transported via ambulance to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Sterling Heights and Clinton Township Police worked quickly, locating the suspect near Schultz Estates, in Clinton Township. The defendant, still driving the white Hyundai Tucson, fled police and continued into Sterling Heights, traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph. The chase concluded with law enforcement following the suspect into the Sterling Heights High School parking lot and blocking in the vehicle.

Prosecutor Eric Smith commended the two police departments, stating, “Thanks to the swift, concerted efforts by two of Macomb County’s finest agencies, Clinton Township and Sterling Heights, this dangerous suspect was apprehended before she could inflict any more harm.”

Despite being blocked in by a number of law enforcement, Kelly still refused to cooperate with police. A Clinton Township Officer was forced to break out the driver-side window with his baton in order to successfully apprehend the defendant.

“The sudden, vicious attack on her own cousin, shines a light on how dangerous this defendant was,” added Smith. Defendant was arraigned and given a $1 million dollar bond in 41-B District Court.

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