Elderly man beaten, set afire and robbed in his Detroit home

A 91-year-old man was beaten, doused with gasoline and set afire in his Detroit home in an apparent attempt to cover up a robbery early this morning.

Police said Paul Monchnik, whose body was charred when firefighters found him shortly before 3 a.m., may also have been shot in the head before the culprit stole his silver 2000 Chevy van.

Police believe they have the suspect on video buying gas to burn the victim.

“This is a horrible crime,” Police Chief James Craig said. “We are going to do everything we can do bring this person to justice.”

Firefighters were called to a burning house at 20556 Bentler near 8 Mile and Lahser and found the man’s body near the front door.

Suspect in the murder and robbery of a 91-year-old man in Detroit.
Suspect in the murder and robbery of a 91-year-old man in Detroit.



Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • javierjuanmanuel

    This seems like it should be a bigger story. Why is this guys name not front page news for the last week ?

    This should be talked about endlessly, where we know everyones name, age, where they worked, church, income etc etc etc everything this punk azz bitch ever said on social media etc.

    Its seemingly just filed under well that stinks. Why is Trayvon and Zimmermen famous, and their names will be famous in 20 years.

    Two years from now, people in detroit will not even remember this happening much less anyones name.

  • Donald E. Hodge

    Where the Hell do these people come from?

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    • Jenny Haskell

      Detroit isn’t coming back! Not in our lifetimes!