Mother, baby survive knife attack; ex-boyfriend charged
By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
MELVINDALE – The Alvarado family praised police and fire rescue personnel — who helped save eight months pregnant Tia Alvarado — at the Oct. 10 Public Safety Commission following an attack by her ex-boyfriend.
Jshmoz Perry, 22, of Ecorse, is charged with assault with intent to murder, a felony for which he may spend life in prison, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Christopher Walker, 27, of Lincoln Park, who allegedly drove the getaway vehicle, is charged with accessory after the fact to a felony.
Tia Alvarado, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the attack, has had an on-again, off-again relationship with Perry, who is the father of her child, for the past year, police said.
Alvarado said she spoke with Perry Sept. 30 by phone, asking him about money he owed her for a baby shower that was planned for the next day. Perry insisted she come to him at Walker’s house in Lincoln Park get the money.
When Alvarado walked out to her car, parked in front of her parents’ house in the 17300 block of Henry Avenue, she was attacked from behind by a man with a knife. She first attempted to fight back, then leaned into her car in an attempt to shield her unborn child.
When her attacker fled, she ran into her parents’ house, and her mother called 911 for help.
Alvarado told officers that Perry was the attacker.
Within four hours, Perry’s mother called him and convinced him to meet with Melvindale police, who took him in for questioning, where he admitted to stabbing Alvarado.
Alvarado was taken to Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, where she was treated for multiple stab wounds, and her daughter, Zoella Anne Marie Alvarado was born at 11:47 a.m. Sept. 30, a month early, by emergency cesarean section. She weighed 5 pounds 11 ounces.
Joe Alvarado, Tia’s father, and a Public Safety Commissioner, said his daughter survived because she fought back against her attacker.
“By the grace of God her mother was home and able to call 911,” he said. “Our great police and fire department responded immediately. I have no doubt their efforts, their quick response saved both their lives. So many miracles happened that night among the horror.”
He said his daughter’s OB/GYN, who works at Beaumont Dearborn only one night a month, was on duty that night. He said the doctor was shocked by what he saw.
“He and the trauma team did an amazing job,” Joe Alvarado said. “My daughter has a lot of wounds she’ll recover from, and with a lot of loving support from the community, our family, friends and the police, my brothers in blue, who stepped up.”
Tia Alvarado thanked the police and the emergency medical services team for their quick response.
“My OB told me it was really a matter of minutes that saved me,” she said. “I can’t be thankful enough of how quick they came.”
She said to her it felt like the team arrived in less than a minute.
“They don’t get enough credit,” she said. “I wanted to come here and personally say thank you.”
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])