1 seriously hurt in stabbing near Ford Airport

Kent County

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Deputies are looking for a suspect after a person was seriously hurt in a stabbing just south of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young said it happened Friday at 8:41 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to California Closets, located at 4930 Kraft Avenue SE near 52nd Street SE, regarding a worker that had been stabbed while on his break. 

In addition to the stabbing, authorities received reports of shots fired at the same location.

Deputies on scene said they discovered the suspect had fled the scene where the assault took place. The victim was later found in the parking lot of the Baymont Inn on 28th Street SE as he was being transported to the hospital by a bystander in his own vehicle. 

Authorities say their investigation indicates the stabbing and shooting occurred between the victim and suspect. The suspect is the boyfriend of a female coworker of the victim. The suspect was jealous due to the belief of a perceived relationship between the two coworkers.

The victim is being treated for multiple stab wounds at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital, his injuries are not life-threatening. 

Authorities have identified the suspect as Pietro Earnest Mapp, a 46-year-old man from Grand Rapids.

Authorities say they are currently trying to locate him. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6357 or Silent Observer.  

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