Thursday, February 4, 2021

Inkster woman is charged with birthday party stabbing

A Westland woman is facing two felony charges in the stabbing of her uncle at a family gathering in Riverview.

Ariel Purifoy, 20, has been charged with one count of felonious assault, a four-year felony and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony in the stabbing of her 27-year-old uncle Jan. 9. 

According to police reports, officers were called to a house in the 15000 block of Golfview at about 7 p.m. Jan. 9 in response to a report of a man stabbed. When officers arrived, they discovered the Riverview man with a non-life threatening stab wound to his left shoulder. Initial witness interviews indicated that a dispute arose among several people including the victim and his niece during a birthday party.

She was immediately taken into custody. Officers also cited a 45-year-old and 24-year-old, both Westland residents, for misdemeanor assault and battery related to their actions during the incident. Both were released at the scene, according to police reports. 

Both the victim and Purifoy were treated at the scene for minor injuries by Riverivew Fire Department personnel. Purifoy was arraigned on the charges Jan. 11 in 27th District Court.