A couple who live near the home where a Detroit synagogue leader was killed over the weekend have revealed a disturbing incident that happened around the time of the murder.
Samantha Woll, 40, was found stabbed to death in her Lafayette neighborhood home in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police officials said he was believed to have been attacked inside the home and walked down the street before collapsing on the sidewalk.
Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the investigation, but Chief James White said during a press conference Monday that several “persons of interest” are being questioned. Since then, Woll's neighbors have posted reports that the two driver's side tires on their white Mercedes were slashed when they returned home Sunday after leaving town for the weekend.
A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told Fox News that her car was parked just 200 feet from Woll's home — and she and her husband have since notified law enforcement. When asked about the incident as he delivered updates Monday, Chief White said his office will investigate the reports and whether it is connected to Wool's murder.
said a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department The independent on Tuesday that there are no updates on this.
“It's very family friendly here …,” the woman said, noting that she and her husband have lived in the neighborhood for three decades. “There are many families and playgrounds. We have been here since 1992 and nothing like this has ever happened. Something so violent, it's scary.”
He also told Fox that although he did not know Woll, her violent death had shaken the community.
“I don't know if it's connected or not, but it's annoying. It's frustrating right now because you don't know,” the woman added.
Chief White said Woll attended a wedding just hours before her death Friday night. He left shortly after midnight.
Nearly six hours later, around 6:30 a.m., someone called 911 reporting an unresponsive person at her home. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Wool's body.
There were no signs of forced entry into Woll's home and no signs she tried to defend herself, Chief White said.
The chief said his agency is working with the FBI and Michigan State Police and has already identified persons of interest.
“We're working on what we've identified as persons of interest … but it's very early in the investigation,” he said, adding that Wool may or may not have known her killer. “We have several people of interest, we just can't call one of the people a suspect.”
A motive for Woll's killing has yet to be determined. Chief White said he is confident the crime was not motivated by anti-Semitism.