Man Charged in Murder of Detroit Synagogue President Samantha Woll


According to the news, Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos, 28, of Detroit, has been charged with the murder of Samantha Woll, the 40-year-old president of Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit.

Woll was found outside her home in the Lafayette Park neighborhood on October 21, having been stabbed inside her home. The charges against Jackson-Bolanos include homicide, felony murder, lying to a peace officer, and home invasion.

Kym Worthy, the Wayne County Prosecutor, clarified that there is no evidence to suggest a connection between Jackson-Bolanos and Woll or that the murder was a hate crime.

The investigation found no signs of forced entry. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office received a warrant request in the case, and a second person of interest was taken into custody.

Jackson-Bolanos had a prior criminal history, having been arrested before. Court records indicate that he received sentences in 2014 and 2019, leading to prison and probation, respectively, for charges related to receiving and concealing stolen property.

Jackson-Bolanos is scheduled for a probable cause court appearance later this month.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin expressed his frustration at not knowing the perpetrator of the murder of Samantha Woll, stating,

“[It] definitely was frustrating not knowing at all who did this and would they find someone or would they never find someone.”

Rabbi Lopatin had known Samantha for over five years and emphasized that the healing process can now begin. He acknowledged Samantha’s uniqueness and called on the community to strive to live up to her standards.

With Hanukkah underway, members of the Jewish community are lighting candles in Woll’s honor, symbolizing her brilliant light that brought hope to the community, according to Lopatin.

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