Heights resident stabs man to death after video game console dispute

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Police are looking for a Dearborn Heights man who allegedly stabbed a Newport man to death in an altercation during a video gaming system sale Dec. 17.

Police said a 21-year-old Heights man stabbed Javier Trent, 29, after the sale in Newport went sour. Trent was transported to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries shortly after.

The 21-year-old man and his 19-year-old girlfriend from Livonia agreed to meet with Trent just before 8 p.m. at the Elizabeth Woods Manufactured Home Community in Newport for the video game console sale.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said the couple drove to Newport for the exchange when an altercation between the two men took place.

Trent revealed a handgun and then pistol-whipped the Heights man on the back of his head. The Heights man pulled out a knife and stabbed Trent several times, police said.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene by the couple who waited for officers from the county sheriff’s office to arrive.

Both the Heights man and Livonia woman were questioned by police and then released. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the altercation as a homicide.

Anyone with information on the dispute can call the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 734-240-7530.

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