Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced on Wednesday the charging of Michael Manual Jackson-Bolanos in connection with the mysterious murder of Detroit synagogue president Samantha Woll. Jackson-Bolanos, 28, from Detroit, faces charges of homicide felony murder, lying to a peace officer, and home invasion.
This high-profile case has gripped the city since Woll, 40, the revered president of Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, was found tragically slain outside her Lafayette Park home on Saturday, Oct. 21. The investigation took a dramatic turn when authorities linked Jackson-Bolanos to the crime, although Worthy clarified that there is no evidence to suggest Jackson-Bolanos knew Woll or that the murder was motivated by hate.
The details surrounding Woll’s death are as chilling as they are puzzling. After attending a wedding, Woll returned home past midnight, only to meet a sinister fate. Investigators noted no signs of forced entry at her residence, leading to the belief that she was stabbed inside her home before staggering to her yard, where she was ultimately discovered.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office revealed that they received a warrant request in the case only on Tuesday, just days after Detroit police confirmed the custody of a second person of interest. Another individual was arrested on Nov. 8 but subsequently released, adding layers of mystery to the investigation. Worthy emphasized that Jackson-Bolanos was not the first arrestee in this complex case.
Court records paint a picture of Jackson-Bolanos’ troubled past, revealing previous sentences in 2014 and 2019 for receiving and concealing stolen property. Now, as the community reels from the loss of a beloved figure, the spotlight turns to the courtroom, where the story of Samantha Woll’s untimely death and Jackson-Bolanos’ alleged involvement will continue to unfold.