Woman Locked Up After Man Was Stabbed to Death While Sleeping

Posted at 12:04 PM, May 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-27 15:08:47-04

Kenyia Latrice Townsend

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 27, 2014) — A Grand Rapids woman is behind bars, arrested in connection to a deadly stabbing early Tuesday morning, the first homicide of the year in Grand Rapids.

Thirty-five-year-old Kenyia Latrice Townsend was booked in the Kent County Jail early Tuesday morning.  She is expected to be arraigned in connection the death of 30-year-old Rashead Lamar Bryant.

A news release by the Grand Rapids Police Department states, “Grand Rapids Police responded to a home in the 1000 block of Underwood Ave. SE, on the report of a man that had been stabbed. Upon arrival, officers found Rashead Lamar Bryant, male, DOB 01/22/1984, inside the house stabbed. EMS also responded to the scene. Bryant was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

Bryant Rasheed Rocko

Rashead ‘Rocko’ Bryant, victim

The woman became angry with Rashead ‘Rocko’ Bryant because he was messaging with his children on Facebook, said Bryant’s sister in an audio recording with FOX 17. “Apparently she didn’t like that” and “she killed him in his sleep,” the sister said.

Detectives are expected to present the case to the prosecutor’s office Tuesday afternoon.

According to Michigan State Police records, Townsend does not have a criminal history with the state of Michigan; however, the victim does.  He was sentenced for a domestic violence conviction in 2011.  He also served time for Uttering and Publishing.

According to Kent County court records, Bryant was named as a both a defendant and plaintiff in personal protection orders with another woman.  The PPOs did not involve Townsend.