Police locate, arrest Macy’s assault suspect



FLINT TWP. — The man accused of assaulting a Macy’s store manager last month is now in police custody.

On July 9, the Michigan State Police Fugitive team arrested Damire Canell Palmer of Mt. Morris Township at his parents’ home in Beecher. Palmer, 18, remained at-large for two weeks after he was charged by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office for attacking a manager at the Macy’s store inside the Genesee Valley Center on June 15.

Surveillance video from Macy’s showed Palmer approaching the manager from behind and punching him in the head. Palmer then knocked the manager to the floor and continued to strike him while he was still down before exiting the store.

Damarquay Jovan Palmer, Palmer’s brother, is believed to have filmed the attack and posted the video on social media.

In the widely shared online video, Palmer—a Black man—can be heard repeatedly calling the white store manager a racist term as he attacked the man.

Investigators said that they did not uncover any evidence of provocation by the store manager. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton also said that there is insufficient evidence to charge Palmer with a hate crime, called ethnic intimidation by statute.

Palmer is facing a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, which is a 10-year felony if he is convicted. He was arraigned last Friday.

Palmer has also been charged with a misdemeanor for shoplifting at the Genesee Valley Center in October 2019. He faced a judge for that charge on July 15.