Detroit man charged with attempted murder of doctor

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Emanuel Vaughn, 33, of Detroit faces multiple charges after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting and stabbing psychiatrist Dr. Melfin Hoberman on Oct. 10.

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged Vaughn with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery causing serious injury, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Vaughn was arraigned in front of 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers on Oct. 18 where bond was set at $1 million cash. A probable cause conference is scheduled at 9 a.m. Oct. 26.

The 75-year-old psychologist was found beaten and unconscious on the floor of the office following a call to police by the doctor’s wife about a wellness check when the doctor did not return home that night.

Police responded to the office and smashed the back door to gain entry.

According to a police press release, Hoberman was going in and out consciousness with evidence of a severe beating and stab wounds to both legs when he was found. He was immediately transported to a local hospital by Dearborn Fire Rescue and is currently in stable condition.

Dearborn detectives began their investigation shortly after, which included several days spent searching for evidence. Detectives were able to identify Vaughn as a person of interest.

“While this was not a random act of violence, crimes of this nature destroy people’s sense of safety and security and will not be tolerated in Dearborn,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “I commend the citizens and investigators for a job well done.”

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