A manhunt is underway in Detroit to find the suspect who beat an innocent 91-year-old man to death before setting him on fire in the doorway of his home. Now new surveillance images show a possible suspect purchasing gasoline at a nearby gas station around the time of the murder, reports say.
Paul Monchnik, who lived by himself and was nearly deaf, was the victim of a burglary, the Detroit Free Press reports; at a press conference, police said the killer made off with Monchnik’s 2000 silver Chevrolet van.
Police Chief James Craig spoke out to the public with this strong message: “We’re going to do everything we can to identify this person. This must end. As we’ve talked about overall crime this year, we’re still on a decline, but it’s instances like this, an elderly man who was known by his neighbors, spent all of his life working, providing service in repairing televisions. We’re going to fight hard to identify who is responsible for this.”
The NY Daily News says that, along with being beaten and set on fire, Monchnik may have also been shot. Results of the autopsy have not been released.
The person caught on tape is described in reports as being an African-American man in his twenties, who stands about five feet nine inches tall. The silver van owned by Monchnik had the tag number CNU1721, and has not yet been found.
Scott Monchnik, the victim’s son, told the NY Daily News that his father was an immigrant from Poland who worked hard for more than 50 years fixing televisions here in the United States.
The late Monchnik leaves behind three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The NY Daily News reports that, only two weeks ago — and for the first time — he was able to meet those great-grand kids.