Restaurant co-owner set for trial

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – A 54-year-old restaurant co-owner remains jailed in connection with the death of a Detroit police officer following his arraignment in Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday.

The trial for Steven P. Guzina, co-owner of Tijuana Mexican Restaurants, is set for May 3 in circuit court. He was bound over to circuit court by 36th District Court Judge Lydia Nance Adams on Dec. 7.

He is charged with three felonies including second-degree murder in the Oct. 28, death of Police Officer Myron Jarrett, 40.

Guzina also is charged with felony charges of operating while intoxicated causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, and misdemeanor charge of reckless driving causing death.

Two misdemeanor charges and one felony charge of failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing impairment or death were dismissed.

Guzina retained new council, Kristen Irey-Iverson on Dec. 13, prior to his arraignment in circuit court. Guzina has been held without bond since Oct. 28. A bond of $500,000 was set at his circuit court arraignment.

Detroit police said Jarrett was investigating a crash at Puritan and Monica streets when Guzina reportedly struck him and didn’t stop. Jarrett’s partner along with Officer Marvin Anthony rushed him to the hospital where he died.

Officers reported when they located Guzina at a Grand River bus stop, he told them he went on an all-night crack cocaine bender. He reportedly made several stops in Detroit to get crack.

Guzina, who has no prior criminal record, is a co-owner of Tijuana Mexican Restaurants in Lincoln Park, Southgate and Detroit.
Jarrett’s family has filed a $15 million lawsuit against Guzina according to court records. Attorney Mike Morse is handling that case.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)