Woman upset alleged attacker only charged with misdemeanor

Woman upset alleged attacker only charged with misdemeanor

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Lottie Copeland says she was brutally attacked in her Highland Park home. Lottie Copeland says she was brutally attacked in her Highland Park home.
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

It was the middle of May when 64-year-old Lottie Copeland stood in her doorway and waved goodbye as her loved ones left her Highland Park home.

All of a sudden, she says, "I started back in the house. He snatched the door out of my hand and came in behind me, and he hit me on both sides of my head with some object, and I ran to the kitchen to get a knife, and before I could get it, he rammed into the wall and just started beating me."

"He had me by one arm and he was brutally just striking me."

The man who Copeland says let her have it is the handyman who happens to be a relative of her landlord. Recently that man has been barging in, she claims, without permission or an appointment.

Copeland says the last visit ended with "eight stitches in my mouth" and a concussion. According to documents from the DMC, the doctor says the head injury did some damage to her skull, too.

"I couldn't fight back, and when the guy did get him off me next door, I called the police," Copeland says.

Soon after, the prosecuting attorney called Copeland asking if she wanted to press charges.

"I called back down there and asked what would they charge him with, and they said a misdemeanor, assault and battery," Copeland says. "I feel like they should charge him for coming in here, home invasion, and for assault and battery, the felony not a misdemeanor."

"I was real angry. I said, 'What do you mean assault and battery. Do you mean to tell me he can just come into the neighborhood and jump on elderly people like this for no reason and get away with it with a misdemeanor?' And he [said], 'This is what the detective gave the prosecutor, the report, and this is what we determined that it's going to be.'"

In a statement, the Wayne County Prosecutor Office says, "Unfortunately, the victim did not agree with our charging decision. We can only charge based upon the evidence and what we believe can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court."

Copeland is from Muskegon, and she says the way justice works in metro Detroit makes her want to move.

"There's so much crime here because people like him is getting away with it," she says.

If not a felony, then why not eye for an eye, sarcastically suggests Copeland.

"I should get him back," she says. "Let me beat him like he did me."

"Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. He'll get his. He got his own day coming."

Copeland believes he did this because she said do not come to my home unannounced. He did not like what she had to say and started swinging.

She knows telling her story may not change anything at all, but she thought metro Detroiters should know.

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