Police make arrest in suspected homicide of 84-year-old Novi woman

NOVI, Mich. (WXYZ) - In a town that only saw two violent crimes last year Chief David Molloy with the Novi Police Department wants residents to know his town is one of the safest in metro Detroit. 

7 Action News has learned an 84-year-old woman who lived in the Country Place condominium complex just off West Glen Haven circle in Novi was found dead just before 2:45 Monday afternoon.

Chief Molloy tells Action News the discovery of her lifeless body was made by one of her daughters.  The daughter had just had dinner with her mom on Sunday and the victim had a doctor's appointment scheduled Monday.

When police arrived at the condo a 46-year-old man started asking one of the first officers on the scene questions.  The questions lead the officer to call the man over.  Chief Molloy credits that officer for speeding this investigation up.  He says the man was the victim's neighbor.  It's not clear if the man owned a condo in the complex or was living with relatives.

The suspect now being held at the Novi Police Department was brought to the station around 4 p.m. Monday.  Soon thereafter a search warrant was execute on the suspect's home.  Chief Molloy says they found a number of items believed to belong to the 84-year-old victim.

The Chief says it's unclear at this point in the investigation the relationship between the 46-year-old and the victim.  They are still investigating how exactly the man got inside the victim's home.  He wouldn't say it was a robbery.

Investigators from the Novi Police Department, Michigan State Police, Northville Crime Laboratory processed the scene.

In 2013 Novi Police reported two violent crimes.  Chief Molloy says one was domestic and the other is a murder they are still investigating.

Charges in this case are still pending.  Investigators will file an arrest warrant request with the Oakland County Prosecutor's office on Tuesday.  The 46-year-old suspect could be charged by the end of this week.

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