Detroit police arrest person of interest in death

A May 2010 Michigan Department of Corrections file photo of Matthew Brunn.

DETROIT, Mich. (WOOD) – Detroit police have arrested a person of interest in the death of 81-year-old Cornelius Wybenga, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Matthew Brunn, 29, was at a known drug house on Gratiot Avenue and McClellan Avenue in the City of Detroit where he was assaulted by several subjects. Brunn was able to escape from the house.

He made his way to a Coney Island restaurant near Gratiot Avenue and Cadillac Avenue where patrons called 911.

Cornelius Wybenga. (Undated photo courtesy)
Cornelius Wybenga. (Undated photo courtesy)

When police arrived around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Brunn told authorities he was an absconder. An officer recognized him for being wanted in Kent County and was taken into custody at the restaurant.

Brunn was treated for his non-life threatening injuries and has been taken to a secure facility. He will be back in Kent County next week, according to Michigan Corrections spokesman Chris Gautz.

Police have been searching for Brunn since shortly after they discovered the body of 81-year-old Cornelius “Casey” Wybenga on Tuesday morning.

Brunn is listed as a parole absconder from the Michigan Department of Corrections. He was serving out a sentence for a 2007 armed robbery in Grand Rapids. Police said he cut off his tether on Monday.

The DOC said it launched its largest-ever manhunt, involving 20 of the 30 members of the DOC’s Absconder Recovery Unit, federal marshals and local and state police.

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