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Police: Victim stabs robber during hold-up


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two teenage suspects are under arrest while another suspect has critical injuries after an attempted robbery in Kalamazoo.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on Lay Boulevard, just west of Race Street.

Police say a group of people tried to rob a 26-year-old man, pistol whipping him in the process.

The victim told officers that he stabbed one of the suspects during the struggle.

A 15-year-old boy later showed up at the hospital with a stab wound to his side. Police say his injuries are life-threatening.

Two other boys, ages 15 and 13, were arrested for the robbery overnight.

The victim has been treated and released from the hospital.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at (269) 337-8994, or Silent Observer at (269) 343-2100.

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Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids Awarded AdvancED Accreditation

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2nd teen convicted in gang fight death of boy, 13


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A second teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler during a gang fight.

A Kalamazoo County Circuit Court jury on Monday convicted 18-year-old Rashad Perez of second-degree murder and firearms charges in the May 26 shotgun death of 13-year-old Michael Day.

Perez faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced Nov. 17.

On Friday, a separate jury convicted 16-year-old Victor Garay of first-degree murder and other charges. He faces up to life in prison without parole.

A third jury convicted 24-year-old Octavius Snell of firearms charges but acquitted him of murder and conspiracy.

Authorities say Garay fired the shotgun that killed Michael during a fight between the Washington Street Boys and Trap Money, rival gangs in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood.

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Missing Portage man possibly a danger to himself


PORTAGE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for a missing Portage man who might be a danger to himself.

Fred Thomas Garnish, 28, was last seen October 13, when he was making suicidal statements, according to investigators. Since then, he has missed a court hearing in Ottawa County regarding a sexual assault charge, and authorities say there's an outstanding warrant for his arrest because of that.

Teen guilty of murder in Kalamazoo boy's death


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A teenager has been found guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of a Kalamazoo middle-schooler.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Garay was convicted Friday on all four counts against him: first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and a pair of firearms charges.

Authorities say Garay killed 13-year-old Michael Day with a shotgun in May. They say shots were fired following arguments and fights between rival neighborhood gangs.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports co-defendant Octavius Snell was acquitted Friday of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. But the 24-year-old was convicted on a pair of firearms charges.

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Two injured in Kalamazoo shooting


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kalamazoo police are investigating after two people were injured in a Thursday evening shooting.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in an apartment in the 1000 block of Interfaith Blvd. around 6:18 p.m. They found a vacant apartment with several bullet holes and spent casings inside.

About 40 minutes later, a 20-year-old woman arrived at Bronson Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to her leg. She says two men who were fighting outside chased each other into her apartment and began shooting, striking her. Investigators say they don't believe the woman as an intended target.

A 26-year-old man arrived at a Three Rivers hospital about two hours after the Kalamazoo shooting. He also had a non-life-threatening injury to his leg, saying he was shot at the Interfaith Blvd. apartment, describing the incident as a robbery.