Detroit police take suspect into custody for killing Jewish leader Samantha Woll – a month a

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A second person has been taken into custody in connection with the October murder of Samantha Woll, a Detroit synagogue leader, three weeks after police released a suspect from custody without filing charges. 

Woll, 40, was fatally stabbed at her Lafayette Park home on October 21 as she returned from a wedding.

Authorities believe Woll was attacked inside her home before stumbling outside. She was found at around 6.30am and pronounced dead at the scene.

She had been stabbed several times, and a trail of blood led to her home.

The man arrested is not an acquaintance of Woll and, according to police, seems to be a ‘random stranger.’

The suspect arrested Sunday is not the same man who was detained weeks ago.

Samantha Woll, 40, was a Detroit synagogue leader and a Democratic campaign staffer

Samantha Woll, 40, was a Detroit synagogue leader and a Democratic campaign staffer

Police said she had been stabbed several times. A trail of blood led from her home to her body. Police said the person arrested in connection to her killing seemed to be a stranger

Police said she had been stabbed several times. A trail of blood led from her home to her body. Police said the person arrested in connection to her killing seemed to be a stranger

Sources reiterated to the Detroit News that there is no evidence of Woll’s murder being a hate crime. 

In the weeks following Woll’s death, police interviewed several persons of interest.

An unidentified man was arrested in the Kalamazoo area on November 8. However, he was released the following weekend without charges.

At the time, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said the man was released due to a lack of police paperwork including a warrant request.

However, unnamed sources told WDIV that the suspect made ambiguous statements to detectives that were not enough to warrant murder charges.

The suspect reportedly stopped talking to police by the time he was taken to the Detroit area and hired an attorney.

Under Michigan law, suspects cannot be held without being charged for more than three days. 

Woll was revered for her role as president of the board of directors for Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

Woll was found stabbed to death outside her home last month

Woll was found stabbed to death outside her home last month

A suspect was arrested and swiftly released after police did not file the necessary paperwork, according to Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

A suspect was arrested and swiftly released after police did not file the necessary paperwork, according to Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office

She was also a campaign staffer for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, and a former aide to Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin. 

Slotkin had led a bipartisan delegation of her colleagues for a moment of silence on the House floor.

‘From working in my very first congressional office to serving as the president of her synagogue in Detroit, Sam had profound faith,’ Slotkin said.

‘Not just as a Jewish woman, but an abiding faith in humanity and a passion for interfaith relations – something that right now is, more than ever, important to our country.’

The Detroit Police Department has asked the community for help in identifying a suspect.

‘We appeal to the community for any information and appreciate your patience as investigators thoroughly examine every aspect of this case,’ the department wrote in a statement.

‘Our heartfelt thoughts remain with Ms. Woll’s loved ones.’

Woll’s cousin, Lisa Schwartz, posted on Facebook shortly after her death.

However, sources told a local outlet that the man was released after he provided detectives with ambiguous statements that were not enough for murder charges

However, sources told a local outlet that the man was released after he provided detectives with ambiguous statements that were not enough for murder charges 

Woll was well-known for her role as president of the board of directors for Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

Woll was well-known for her role as president of the board of directors for Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

Detroit Police Chief James E. White says the department has ruled out antisemitism as a possible motive

Detroit Police Chief James E. White says the department has ruled out antisemitism as a possible motive

‘Losing a loved one to violence changes oneself. There are lots of difficult emotions that bubble to the surface. But, when it came to Sam the effect was multidimensional,’ Schwartz wrote.

‘She was a ‘connector.’ She knew everybody, and everybody loved her for her energy, inspiration and devotion to her many causes.’

Detroit Police Department Chief James E. White said investigators have ruled out antisemitism as a possible motive.

The attack is believed to be an isolated incident, and Woll’s killer is thought to have acted alone.



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