A registered sex offender was stabbed to death in his home early Sunday morning by an intruder, Michigan State Police said.
Dennis McCarthy, 65, rushed to the back door of his home on Riviera Shores after his wife spotted someone breaking in around 4 a.m. and screamed for his help, according to investigators. McCarthy was stabbed as he was fighting with the intruder.
McCarthy's wife, who wasn't harmed, called 911; he was rushed to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, where he died, police said. An autopsy by the Oakland County Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide.
"At this point, we do not believe this crime is a random act of violence," MSP Det. Sgt. Gary Muir said in a statement.
Police would not comment on whether McCarthy was targeted because of his sex offender status. The Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry lists a 64-year-old Dennis McCarthy who lives on the same road as being convicted in September of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.
The killer is described as a white man in his 20s, 5-foot-8 with a stocky build and brown hair, wearing a dark blue hooded sweater shirt.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Michigan State Police at 313-237-2450. ..Source.. by ZLATI MEYER, FREE PRESS STAFF REPORTER
Oakland County man stabbed, murdered by home intruder Sunday morning
OAKLAND COUNTY (WJRT) -- (08/23/09) -- Police in Oakland County are searching for a suspect after a 64-year-old man was attacked and killed in his own home on Sunday.
Michigan State Police stationed in Groveland Township say the attack occurred around 4 a.m. at a home in the 1500 block of Riviera Shores in Holly Township.
No one is in custody but state police still believe that this wasn't a random act of violence and say the 64-year-old Dennis McCarthy's criminal sexual conduct conviction may have played a role in his death.
Residents living along the quiet Holly Township road woke up to find Michigan State Police investigators scouring the area Sunday morning.
Police say McCarthy's wife heard noises in the early morning hours and went to see what was going on while checking to make sure all the doors were locked. That's when someone broke through the back door.
She yelled for her husband, who confronted the intruder. That's when a fight started and McCarthy was stabbed.
"Intruder came in, walked past her and walked right over to the victim, Dennis McCarthy, and stabbed him in the neck," said Trooper Nathan Ellis.
He was able to get the intruder out of house, but he then collapsed. McCarthy was taken to Genesys Regional Medical Center where he later died. McCarthy's wife was not hurt during the struggle.
While police say they don't have any suspects, they are considering one potential motive. Last year, McCarthy was convicted of sexually assaulting his grandson, who was four years old at the time. He was recently released from the Oakland County Jail, where he served his sentence.
McCarthy was on probation and had to register as a sex offender.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, standing around 5'7" tall. Police say he has a stocky build and was wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.
If you saw anything suspicious around the time of the attack, or have any information to pass along, please call Michigan State Police. ..Source.. by Rebecca Trylch
Convicted Child Molester Killed
Man Killed 1 Week After Being Released From Jail
HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A convicted sex offender who was just released from jail was stabbed to death Sunday inside his Holly Township home.
According to police, Dennis McCarthy's wife heard a noise early Sunday morning and went to check the locks on the doors. An attacker pushed his way through the back door.
McCarthy's wife screamed and McCarthy came running and wrestled the man. The attacker stabbed him and ran off.
McCarthy later died at the hospital.
Police believe McCarthy knew his attacker.
McCarthy had just been released from jail a week earlier, after serving a one year sentence for admittedly molesting his 4-year-old grandson. He was still serving nine years of probation.
McCarthy's wife said the attacker was a white man in his 20s. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
If you have any information, you are urged to contact police. ..Source.. by ClickOnDetroit
Police say sex offender was targeted, stabbed to death
Holly Township -- Dennis Raymond McCarthy was an admitted sex offender and out of jail for less than a week when he was stabbed to death inside his home in what authorities said was a planned attack.
"There is no way that this was a random killing," said State Police Detective Gary Muir, a 31-year police veteran. "We have strong suspicions that he was targeted, either because of his past activities or something while he was in jail."
McCarthy, 64, was released last week from the Oakland County Jail after serving 10 months for molesting a 4-year-old family member. He died from multiple stabs suffered when confronting an intruder inside his home on Riviera Shores Drive. He also faced charges in another child sex case in 2004 but was acquitted.
Muir said that about 4 a.m. Sunday, McCarthy's wife, Debra, was awakened by a noise in their tri-level home. When she went to investigate downstairs, she encountered a man who had entered through an unsecured rear doorwall. She began screaming at the man to get out of the house, which brought Dennis McCarthy running to the door.
"Instead of retreating from the house, the man went towards him (McCarthy)," said Muir. "His wife said he said something to the intruder like, 'What are you doing? What do you want? Who are you?'"
The pair struggled briefly before the intruder ran from the house, back out the door he had entered, police said. McCarthy collapsed, and his wife made a 911 emergency call and applied first aid. McCarthy was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
A retired General Motors worker and former substitute teacher in Holly, McCarthy was accused of molesting the boy between July 2006 and May 2007 at his house. At his sentencing, the boy's mother told the judge she felt McCarthy should be in prison for the rest of his life. Another relative said he felt McCarthy deserved to be castrated.
Oakland Circuit Judge John McDonald sentenced him to 10 years' probation and ordered him tethered for nine years. McCarthy was released from the Oakland County Jail on Aug. 17, where he had been incarcerated since Oct. 20 after pleading guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The boy's mother had filed a civil lawsuit against McCarthy, seeking damages for emotional distress suffered by her son, other children, herself and her husband. The lawsuit, filed Aug. 4, alleges a belief that another of the family's children was similarly violated.
The lawsuit also alleges the family has suffered physical and psychological problems as a result of the incidents. A hearing on the matter was set for this week before Oakland Circuit Judge Nanci J. Grant.
Four years before admitting his guilt involving the boy, McCarthy, known by the nickname "Rocky," was acquitted by an Oakland Circuit Court jury in another child sex case: nine charges of sexual assault involving five girls, ages 8-10.
Ann Arbor attorney John Shea represented McCarthy in both cases."No one of us has the right to take this kind of action into our own hands," Shea said. "Our existence in a peaceful, civilized society rests primarily with our recognizing that. If we don't, we may as well be living in Afghanistan."
When asked if McCarthy might have been a victim of vigilante justice, Muir said, "We aren't ruling anything out."
Muir noted nothing was stolen and the intruder didn't attack or threaten McCarthy's wife.
The intruder was identified as a stocky white man in his 20s wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt.
attacked McCarthy, rather than retreating.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call State Police at (248) 6334-4882 or (313) 237-2450. ..Source.. by Mike Martindale / The Detroit News
Man Fatally Stabbed Inside Home in Holly Twp.
HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - A man in Holly Township is killed in his home by an intruder, and it does not appear to be a random act of violence.
State police brought out a dog, searching for evidence in the brutal murder of 64-year-old Dennis McCarthy. The former wrestling coach and convicted sex offender was stabbed to death at his Holly Township home early Sunday morning.
Police say McCarthy's wife was awaken by a noise. She discovered an intruder had some in through an unlocked patio door. She screamed for help and her husband came to her aide.
"It was a struggle. He was stabbed. He then chased the intruder out the door, and after he had locked the door's when he collapsed," said Michigan State Police Sgt. Gary Muir.
It looks like Dennis McCarthy was targeted by the killer. Police say when the intruder came in, he had a brief conversation with McCarthy's wife, then walked right by her, stabbed McCarthy and ran off. Police won't say what the killer said to McCarthy's wife.
McCarthy was released from the Oakland County Jail just last week after serving a year for molesting a five-year-old boy. In 2003, McCarthy was charged with molesting five girls, all under the age of ten, but was found not guilty by a jury. Police say the sex charges could provide a motive.
"We believe somehow there is some connection, some link to that. We haven't quite figured that out at this point," Muir said.
Relatives tell police McCarthy was a former wrestling coach in Grand Blanc. He also taught wood shop for years in the Holly schools.
One neighbor is expressing sympathy for McCarthy's wife. "I just give her a lot of credit for sticking it out and waiting for him to come home and then, of course, to have this happen a few days after he gets home, it's just heartbreaking," said the neighbor.
FOX 2 has learned that the family of the five-year-old sex assault victim filed a civil lawsuit against Dennis McCarthy and the case was due in court later this week. ..Source.. by SCOTT LEWIS, FOX 2 News