Man leads police on chase, dies jumping from hotel

A man on the run from police is dead after jumping to his own death.

An alleged stalker, he led police on a chase through Rochester before escaping. After damaging the car during the chase, he checked into Madison Heights Fairfield Inn.

As police pulled up to the hotel, he jumped to death from his third story window Wednesday afternoon. The deceased suspect is a 56-year-old from Ferndale.

Events first unfolded at a Rochester woman's house at noon when she called  911 complaining of the man, a known stalker, cutting wires outside her home. 

She had a valid court protection order forbidding the man from approaching her. Police responded and saw him in a black Ford hybrid. A chase ensued through Rochester residential neighborhoods. 

The suspect drove through the Mount Avon Cemetery in downtown Rochester, smashing through the gate as he left. He then drove on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped garbage truck making a pickup.

He hit a large tree in resident Josh Robbins' yard. The impact blew out the right front tire.

"I just heard a loud crash," Robbins said. "And the garbage guy was there at the time so, I heard him shouting about it.

"There was a police officer chasing him, I saw the police officer but he was long gone. They were in some kind of high-speed chase."

Somehow the suspect escaped.  Minutes later the black Ford pulled into Rochester Hills Collision on Livernois.

"The guy brought his car in driving down the road with no tire on the wheel," said Mike Komasara, the business owner. "Which is pretty unusual."

The guy suspect wanted body work done as soon as possible.

"He was in a hurry to get it in the building, out of sight," Komasara said. "He acted very strange."

Suspicious, the body shop called 911 but while they were making the call, the suspect convinced a customer to give him a ride. 

"One of my customers offered him a ride," Komasara said. "And they took off in their car. I just called police to see if there was a situation we needed to be aware of."  

That Good Samaritan drove the suspect without incident to the Fairfield Inn on Stephenson Highway in Madison Heights.  

He registered for a room on the third floor and as police pulled up to investigate the man made a fatal plunge out of his third floor room window  to the parking lot. 

He was killed instantly.  

Back at the body shop they discovered a knife, gloves, a surgical mask and a can of mace.
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