TRAVERSE CITY — Two women are accused of conspiring with three suspects charged in an attempted robbery stabbing on Northwestern Michigan College’s campus.
Ashley Ann Day, 21, and Alyssa Ann Rodriquez, 17, both of Traverse City, were arraigned Wednesday in 86th District Court. They face charges of assault with intent to rob while armed and conspiracy to commit assault with intent to rob while armed, felonies that carry potential life sentences.
Traverse City Police Capt. Mike Ayling said detectives believe Day and Rodriquez helped Jorge-Antonio Lopez Alvarado, 21, Tony Fabio Orozco, 18, and Jorge Alberto Vasquez-Antonio, 15, in their plans to steal an Indiana man’s drugs on Jan. 31.
“They did more than just be there,” Ayling said.
Court documents state Day set up a drug deal with a man on NMC’s campus so the suspects could forcibly rob him of drugs, and Rodriquez drove all the suspects to and from the location. Ayling said the three men confronted Dwight Thompson, 35, of Indianapolis, in a laundry room and intended to steal heroin.
“It turns out he was a lot bigger than they thought and he put up a fight,” Ayling said.
Thompson suffered stab wounds to his back and a 3- to 4-inch cut across his forehead from a machete, according to court documents. Ayling said authorities found crack cocaine in Thompson’s pocket as he received medical attention for his wounds. Thompson faces possession of cocaine and marijuana charges.
Court documents state Rodriquez told detectives the three men returned running toward her car and one said, “(If) he’s not dead, he will be in a couple minutes.” Ayling said Rodriquez, a Traverse City High School student, was the only suspect with a driver’s license and she drove the suspects to the Shadowland Motel.
Witnesses in a Shadowland Motel room said the three men washed blood off their weapons, court documents state.
Ayling said Alvarado could also face charges in an assault on Day near Culver’s on U.S. 31 after the attack in which Day suffered a black eye. Detectives believe one of the suspects dumped the machete in a trash can near the restaurant, but the weapon couldn’t be located.
Police arrested Day on an unrelated warrant before prosecutors authorized charges tied to the NMC attack. Ayling said police arrested Rodriquez on Tuesday evening. Both suspects remain in Grand Traverse County’s jail on $500,000 bonds. A preliminary examination is scheduled for March 5.