DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – Aaron Samir Akel, 45-years-old, of Dearborn Heights, has been charged in connection with the homicide of his mother, Ibtisam Field, 73-years-old, also of Dearborn Heights.
On May 4th, 2021, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Dearborn Heights police were dispatched to a residence in the 5360 block of Pardee Avenue in Dearborn Heights. Upon arrival officers located Mrs. Field’s lifeless body in the bedroom of the home. Medics arrived on scene where it was determined that the victim died of strangulation. It is alleged that Aaron Akel killed his mother; he was arrested at the scene.
At the time of the crime, Aaron Akel was on probation for assaulting his mother. On November 2nd, 2020, he was arrested and charged with Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm and misdemeanor Domestic Violence arising out of an incident involving his mother. He pled guilty to Attempted Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm on March 16, 2021 and the misdemeanor charge was dismissed . On that date the defense attorney moved to release the defendant pending the sentence hearing. The prosecution opposed this motion, and Judge Noah Hood agreed that he should remain in custody.
Aaron Akel was in custody from November until the date of his sentence hearing on April 7th, 2021. His guidelines called for a minimum sentence of 0-11 months. He was sentenced to three years probation, including 157 days in the county jail with credit for time served.
His mother appeared at the sentence hearing and asked that her son be released. She informed the court that she wanted her son to receive drug and mental health treatment and that she would like to have contact with him again. Judge Hood ordered that there be no contact with the victim. He also ordered the defendant to receive treatment at a facility to be arranged by the probation department.
Aaron Akel was released and did not call the probation agent as directed by the court. The probation agent was able to track the defendant down and refer him to a facility, but he failed to report. The agent attempted to follow up but was unable to reach him and began the process of filing an amended order with the court. Unfortunately, despite the no contact order it appears that at some point the victim allowed the defendant to live at her house.
“This is what we all fear in Domestic Violence cases. The assistant prosecutor appeared in court in many times in this case. The defendant served his jail time and we worked with Mrs. Field with great care to craft a sentence that she supported to enable her son to get the help he needed. Very unfortunately, he refused to take advantage of the offered help,” said Prosecutor Worthy.
Aaron Samir Akel has been charged with one count of First-Degree Murder. He is expected to be arraigned today in 20th District Court sometime before 3:00 p.m.