Former victim of crime spree suspect ‘scared to death’

Daniel Leussenkamp's July 23, 2014 booking photo from the Kent County jail.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman says she may have been able to stop a recent crime spree if she had been notified that one of the suspects was up for parole.

Daniel Leussenkamp, Kevin Seely and Kimberly Wonsey are accused of a stabbing in Wyoming, a carjacking in Greenville and an assault in Mount Clemens on the east side of the state. All three suspects were arrested Wednesday — Leussenkamp and Wonsey just north of Grand Rapids and Seely in New York state.

Left to right: Daniel Leuseenkamp, Kevin Seely and Kimberly Wonsey. (July 23, 2014)
(Left to right: Daniel Leuseenkamp, Kevin Seely and Kimberly Wonsey.)

This isn’t Leussenkamp’s first encounter with the law. In 2007, he was sent to prison after burgling a Grand Rapids apartment. He stole jewelry and a woman’s father’s Korean War medals.

Wanting him to serve the full 10-year sentence, the woman whose house he broke into said she signed up to be alerted when Leussenkamp was up for parole.

But she told 24 Hour News 8 she never got that alert. Leussenkamp was paroled in June.

The 2007 victim, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said that she started shaking when she saw Leussenkamp on the news this week.

“I just went, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s the burglar that broke into my apartment that I sent to prison for 6 to 10 years,'” she said. “I was shaking. I was scared to death.”

She said that in 2007, she gave the statement that helped put Leussenkamp away for home invasion.

After she gave that statement, she received a letter about his sentencing. She said it contained a form to send in to be alerted of Leussenkamp’s parole dates. She said she filled it out and turned it in.

When six years were up, she said, she contacted the court to ask about Leussenkamp’s status and was told he wasn’t up for parole yet.

After that, she didn’t hear anything more.

Had she known he was up for parole, she said, she thinks she could have taken action to keep him behind bars.

“I’m just flabbergasted that he can just tear off a tether and still no one says, ‘You might want to look over your shoulder until we get this young man,'” the woman said.  “All he has to do is Google my name to find out where I live.”

Her fear only grew when she learned what he allegedly did over the past week — a stabbing, carjacking and assault.

‘That could have been me, that could have been my neck cut up,” she said.

24 Hour News 8 plans to check on Friday about why the woman wasn’t notified.

Also Friday, Leussenkamp is expected to make his first court appearance for the Wyoming stabbing.

“If he gets out on bail, I’m leaving Grand Rapids, that’s how scared I am,” the 2007 victim said.

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