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February 15, 2014

2 women sought in attack

TRAVERSE CITY — A city police probe into an attempted robbery stabbing on Northwestern Michigan College’s campus continues to nab suspects.

Two women — Ashley Ann Day, 21, and Alyssa Ann Rodriquez, 17 — are listed as codefendants in court documents for three men who are accused of attacking an Indiana man on Jan. 31 in an unsuccessful bid to steal drugs.

Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said he’s waiting on warrants for two women on charges related to robbery and conspiracy. He said authorities already arrested Day on an outstanding warrant and she remains lodged in Grand Traverse County’s jail.

“She was arrested the day we arrested the three guys,” he said.

Police on Feb. 7 arrested Jorge-Antonio Lopez Alvarado, 21, Tony Fabio Orozco, 18, and Jorge Alberto Vasquez-Antonio, 15, on assault with intent to murder and armed robbery charges.

Prosecutors this week filed additional felony charges of assault with intent to rob while armed, conspiracy to commit assault with intent to rob while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon against all three, according to court documents in 86th District Court.

Ayling said the three men ambushed Dwight Johnathan Thompson, 35, of Indianapolis, in an attempt to steal heroin. He said one of the women baited Thompson with a fake drug buy and waited in a car while the three confronted him.

Court documents state three suspects attacked Thompson as he walked from an NMC apartment building, stabbed him in the back and slashed his forehead with a machete.

A police officer found marijuana and cocaine in Thompson’s jacket after the attack, the documents state, and he faces drug-related charges.

Detectives zeroed in on the three suspects after a witness reported seeing men with bloodied weapons enter a Shadowland Motel room. Court documents state police found a silver butterfly knife in a bed shared by two of the suspects and a blue knife in Orozco’s pant pocket.

Ayling said one suspect told detectives the suspects dumped the machete — a Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Parang knife — in a trash can near a Culver’s restaurant on U.S. 31 after the attack. He said the machete went to a landfill and couldn’t be located, but detectives found the blade’s sheath in the suspects’ “getaway car.”

Alvarado, Orozco and Vasquez-Antonio are scheduled for a preliminary examination Feb. 21 in 86th District Court.

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