By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — A second suspect from Detroit was charged with assault with intent to murder in relation to the Oct. 10 stabbing of psychiatrist Dr. Melfin Hoberman, police said.
During a press conference on Nov. 12, Police Chief Ronald Haddad said the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged Jasmine Moore, 28, of Detroit, and that she may have been a patient or acquittance of Hoberman.
Moore faces charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery causing serious injury, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation, assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
“What I want to tell the community today is that although this really violated the security of our neighborhood on the west end, this was not a random act,” Haddad said. “These people somehow knew the doctor and targeted him specifically, doesn’t make it any nicer but it’s good to know that it wasn’t a random act.”
The first suspect in the case, Emanuel Vaughn, 33, also of Detroit, was arraigned in front of 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers on Oct. 18 where bond was set at $1 million cash for the same charges.
The 75-year-old Hoberman was found beaten and unconscious on the floor of his office following a call to police by the doctor’s wife about a wellness check when he did not return home that night.
Police responded to the office and smashed the back door to gain entry.
According to a police press release, Hoberman was going in and out consciousness with evidence of a severe beating and stab wounds to both legs when he was found. He was immediately transported to a local hospital by Dearborn Fire Rescue.
Dearborn detectives began their investigation shortly after, which included several days spent searching for evidence. Detectives were able to identify Vaughn as a person of interest.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)