Public Information Release/Update: Homicide Suspect/Victim Identified
Grand Rapids, MI (October 5, 2018, 1:30 pm)
Charges were brought this morning against the suspect accused of murdering a Grand Rapids man Wednesday night. 33 year old Tony Devern Streets Jr. of Grand Rapids is expected to be arraigned today on charges stemming from the fatal stabbing of a Burton Heights Pizza employee, 31 year old Joseph Vitale, after Streets caused a disturbance in the restaurant and refused to leave. It is believed that Streets robbed another victim in the parking lot and attempted to steal a car from a third victim while fleeing on foot.
Shortly after the stabbing, Streets was taken into custody by officers during a canine track of the area. He has been in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility since the incident, but today the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office officially charged Streets. His charges are listed below:
1.) Homicide-Open Murder
2.) Armed Robbery
4.) Habitual Offender-Supp 4
Anyone with information that has yet to speak with the Grand Rapids Police Detectives, can contact Detective Josh Cornell at (616) 456-4459, Detective Kelli Braate at (616) 456-4548, or anonymously to Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 / silentobserver.org.
Grand Rapids, MI (October 4, 2018, 11:00 am)
The victim of an overnight stabbing in the Burton Heights neighborhood has died from his injuries, and Grand Rapids Police Detectives have a person of interest in custody.
The assault took place last night at Burton Heights Pizza shortly before 8:00 pm. The suspect entered the restaurant and began to cause a disturbance. Sometime during the disturbance, an employee of Burton Heights Pizza was stabbed. The victim fled the restaurant and tried to drive himself to the hospital but crashed his vehicle in a single car accident on Wealthy St SE just east of S. Division. An officer was nearby and provided medical treatment before the victim was transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
After the stabbing, the suspect fled the restaurant on foot and there were then additional crimes committed in the vicinity of the original assault. A police canine track was conducted and a person of interest was located nearby. This person was then taken into custody, interviewed and arrested on the additional crimes that had taken place in the area. Investigators were able to locate evidence from the homicide during a canvas of the area. GRPD detectives are continuing their investigation and processing evidence before additional charges will be sought.
Overnight, investigators learned that the victim died as a result of his injuries. An examination was performed by the Kent County Medical Examiner's Office this morning confirming he died as a result of the stabbing and ruled the death a homicide. This homicide is the 8th 2018 homicide in the City of Grand Rapids.
No names will be released at this time until additional steps have been taken in the investigation.