Heights man charged in stabbing death

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Thomas Czapiewski, 32, of Dearborn Heights was charged with second-degree murder for the July 20 stabbing of a Detroit man.

He was arraigned in 36th District Court July 22 where he was denied bond. A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Aug. 5 in the same court before Judge Lydia Nance-Adams.

Police said Czapiewski was at his girlfriend’s house in the 18400 block of Oakfield in Detroit July 20.
The 20-year-old victim, Jalen Davis, was also at the house about 5:30 a.m. where the two men were drinking.
An argument broke out before Czapiewski allegedly hit and punched Davis. Czapiewski fell to the ground where he became upset and went to the kitchen inside the house.

Davis was then allegedly stabbed in the neck about 5:30 a.m. by Czapiewski causing his death.
Czapiewski attempted to flee, but was arrested near the house.

An 11-year-old hiding in the attic of the house called police after witnessing the incident.
She was unable to save Davis after the operator instructed her on CPR procedures.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)