A nighttime fast-food run turned into a horrifying ordeal for a customer attacked by a thief in Chesterfield, according to the victim's testimony Thursday.
During the preliminary exam for Roland Lee Moore Jr. in , Donna Fulton took the witness stand to speak of the Jan. 31 attack at on 23 Mile Road in the township. With enough evidence to proceed, the case before Judge William Hackel III was bound over to Macomb County Circuit Court.
Fulton said she was ordering food around 10:30 p.m. before work when a man leaned into her 2008 Jeep Commander in the drive-thru lane.
"I started screaming and he grabbed me," she said. "I noticed a small silver object and I put up my hands to try and block myself."
, the suspect stabbed her repeatedly in the hand area before he made off with her laptop and her bag with personal items and papers. The laptop was later recovered, she said.
"I did see a small silver knife—almost like a pocket knife," she testified. "He kept trying to stab me so I kept trying to defend myself. ... I was scared."
She suffered deep cuts on her left hand, she said.
According to , a motorist a couple cars behind Fulton came to her aid by chasing the robber off with a baseball bat. The suspect then fled on a bicycle, eventually leading police on a two-day manhunt that ended with his arrest outside a gas station at 9 Mile and Schoenherr.
Moore's lawyer Randy Rodnick, who said Wednesday , questioned Fulton's description of the suspect in court. Rodnick pointed out that in her statement to police she did not notice any neck tattoos on the thief.
"My client is covered in tattoos," he said. "That's kind of interesting to miss."
However, Fulton selected Moore out of a photo lineup and identified him as her attacker in court. Although she wasn't 100 percent positive in the photo lineup, she was sure it was him in court, she said.
Moore, a parole absconder, is . He could face up to life in prison if convicted.
His pretrial hearing and arraignment are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the higher court in Mount Clemens.