Suspect’s sister ‘thought he was going to be shot’


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members of a man linked to a stabbing, carjacking, assault and three robberies in three Michigan jurisdictions say they’re glad the suspects are behind bars.

Daniel Leussenkamp, 25, and 20-year-old Kimberly Wonsey were arrested Wednesday afternoon at York Creek Apartments just north of Grand Rapids. Alleged accomplice Kevin Seely, 25, was arrested the same day in Little Falls, NY.

The three are suspected in a stabbing and robbery in Wyoming, a carjacking and robbery in Greenville, and an assault and robbery in Mount Clemens on the east side of the state.

Leussenkamp’s family members say they’re glad no one else will get hurt.

“From what I’ve heard on the news and all of this, he’s pretty dangerous. We never thought he was like this,” Leussenkamp’s sister Kara Leussenkamp said.

She said she was concerned the manhunt for her brother would end with blood.

“We thought for sure he was going to have to be shot to be caught,” she said.

Growing up, his sister said, Daniel Leussenkamp had anger problems that may have stemmed from mental health issues. That grew worse in 2003, just before he went to prison for a home invasion.

She said family doesn’t know why he would be involved in a stabbing, carjacking and assault — though they said it’s possible drugs and alcohol played a role.

Leussenkamp’s family and Seely’s family say both men used drugs. In Leussenkamp’s case, that included cocaine, according to family members.

But money could also be a factor. Both men are convicted felons and were having trouble finding work, their families say.

“I guess he got discouraged with it,” Leussenkamp’s father — also named Daniel Leussenkamp — said.

Family members of both men say both need mental health assistance.

“If he’s not locked up, he should be in a home to help him,” Kara Leussenkamp said, saying its not safe for her brother to be free.

Leussenkamp Sr. said he last saw his son Friday morning, when he stopped by and said he was going to go look for jobs.

“He said he loved me, and then he left,” Leussenkamp Sr. said.

Seely’s mom Lisa Wirenman said she last saw him Saturday afternoon, after he was allegedly involved in a stabbing in Wyoming.

“Kim came up and told him that Danny wanted to talk to him, and away they went. I haven’t seen them since,” she said.

She said it was clear when she saw her son that he had not slept the night before.

“He was awful quiet,” she said. “He wasn’t Kevin.”

She said when she saw the Wyoming victim’s stab wounds on the news, it was “just horrid.” She said she was surprised her son was believed to be involved.

“I just can’t believe it that he would do it,” she said. “I’m so sorry to anyone he hurt.”

Seely served time for an assault time, she said. His wife is in jail for domestic assault and is expected to be freed Monday. Wirenman said her son was looking forward to his wife’s release and was focused on his child.

Seely’s mother said she doesn’t know why he headed to New York — she said he doesn’t have friends or family in the area.

“I think maybe they abandoned him there,” she speculated — though it’s not clear whether Leussenkamp or Wonsey were ever in New York.

Kent County prosecutors have charged Leussenkamp with five counts in Wyoming including armed robbery, assault with intent to commit murder, and home invasion. He is being held on a $500,000 bond and is expected to be arraigned Friday morning.

Wonsey appeared in Wyoming District Court Thursday morning on an unrelated warrant.

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