Police arrest suspect in double homicide of metro Detroit couple

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-02 10:59:57-04

Police have arrested the suspect in a double homicide of a couple in Warren.

Detroit police were contacted after a citizen recognized Joseph Lawrence Borowiak, 37, from an online news article. Based on the information provided by the citizen, police were able to locate the suspect and make the arrest.

Steven Collins, 67, and Cynthia Collins, 66, were shot in their home at 23801 Panama Avenue. 

Borowiak is the couple's nephew.

He has been arrested before in 2012 for cocaine possession and resisting arrest.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We believe this is not a random act, with the victims being targeted, neighbors can feel secure that this terrible loss is isolated," said Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer.

Warren mayor Jim Fouts said Borowiak lived with the Collins' for a period of time.

"This is not a random crime and there is no threat to the public safety," he said.

"Sadly, according to the neighbors, he was raised by the murdered couple. A very sad and tragic situation."

Borowiak posted content on Facebook relating to the murder, including a photo of himself taken in front of the Collins' home.