Crime spree suspect arraigned in stabbing


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of three people accused in a stabbing, carjacking and assault appeared before a judge Friday morning.

Daniel Leussenkamp, 25, was arraigned in a Wyoming courtroom on four felony charges including robbery, assault with intent to murder, home invasion, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Two of those charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison. His bond remains at $500,000.

During the court appearance, Leussenkamp remained quiet besides answering the judge when spoken to.

The charges stem from an early Saturday incident at Division Avenue motel in which Leussenkamp allegedly stabbed a man. The victim sustained two wounds — one to his neck and a long slash to his abdomen. He spent four days in the hospital.

An hour or so before the stabbing, Leussenkamp, who had been paroled from prison in June, cut off his Michigan Department of Corrections electronic tether. A little more than an hour later, authorities put out a warrant for his arrest in a statewide law enforcement database.

But by then, Leussenkamp, Kevin Seely and Kimberly Wonsey were off on a crime spree, according to police.

Wednesday, Leussenkamp and Wonsey were arrested at York Creek Apartments just north of Grand Rapids, and U.S. Marshals and local police found Seely in Little Falls, NY.

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.

A preliminary hearing for Leussenkamp is scheduled for August 6.

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