Van Lloyd Allison, 36, of Country Club Drive in Sumpter Township has been charged with Assault to Do Great Bodily Harm Less Murder, after beating up his live-in girlfriend’s friend.
Sumpter Township Police Detective John Toth said the case started at 2:56 a.m. June 10 when police were called to Allison’s home he shares with his girlfriend, who is pregnant.
Det. Toth said allegedly Allison was assaulting his pregnant girlfriend and the woman’s friend, from another street nearby, was present and told Allison not to do that, reminding him the woman was pregnant.
That’s when Allison allegedly switched his focus to the neighbor and began fighting her and beating her.
He allegedly said, “You’re going to make me go to jail for this. I’m going to do it right and go to prison.”
He then proceeded to stomp, kick, and punch the woman, Det. Toth said.
While Allison was beating on the woman, his pregnant girlfriend ran out the front door and got in a car to escape. Allison chased her vehicle on foot which gave the victim time to escape out the back door.
While she was running, she was found by her friend in the car and they escaped together and called police.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital where she was treated and released.
Det. Toth said originally Allison was not charged correctly by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, approving only a simple charge of Assault and Battery and then Domestic Violence.
But, at the pretrial exam last week at 34th District Court, the prosecutor’s domestic violence unit looked at the pictures of the victim from that night and increased the charge to Assault to Do Great Bodily Harm Less Murder.
Allison was due to be back at 34th District Court at 1 p.m. July 11 for a pre-
exam, during which he may waive his preliminary exam and go right to Circuit Court for trial. If he chooses to have his preliminary exam, it will be held at 9 a.m., July 18.
Det. Toth said Allison may be found to be a fourth-time, habitual offender.
Det. Toth said the longer our economy stays in its recession, the more violent the domestic cases get. He said he believes there is a connection.
He said domestic cases used to be mainly pushing and shoving, but now when police arrive, they see a lot of blood.