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Farmington Hills Police Expect to File Charges in Cipriano Murder Wednesday

Media reports indicate 19-year-old Tucker Cipriano had a troubled history before the murder of his father early Monday morning.

met with Oakland County prosecutors today and expect to file charges Wednesday in connection with . 

was found beaten to death in his home early Monday. His wife, Rose, and 17-year-old son, Salvatore, were also critically injured, and and an unidentified 20-year-old man in connection with the attacks. 

(Farmington Hills authorities typically do not name a suspect until after arraignment.)

Two other children, Salvatore's twin brother Tanner and 8-year-old Isabella, were also in the home, but were not injured. They are currently staying with family members. 

Police arrived at the Rose Hill Drive residence shortly after a 2:48 a.m. 9-1-1 call placed by Tanner Cipriano, Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said yesterday. Around 6 a.m., police announced they were looking for Tucker Cipriano in connection with the murder. Four Farmington schools near the home and , the last school the teen attended, were secured as police searched the area. Tucker was later found with a friend in Keego Harbor. 

Nebus said Monday that the investigation was delayed because police could not obtain permission to enter the home and had to request a search warrant.

Friends gathered Monday night at to pray for the family, and Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch readers have shared their grief and shock in comments on stories and Facebook posts.  

News organizations around the metro Detroit area reported today on the brutal crime: 

  • According to WDIV-TV, investigators and the county medical examiner are trying to determine an "official cause of death" for Bob Cipriano. The station reports Rose and Salvatore Cipriano remain in critical condition at  and quoted an attorney who spoke about Tucker Cipriano's troubled past.
  • WXYZ-TV reports the family's dog was also injured and taken to a local veterinarian. Friends who talked with the station's reporter indicated Tucker may have been using drugs before the attack. 
  • The Detroit Free Press reported the suspension of a probation agent who was supervising Tucker Cipriano after his conviction on narcotics-related charges. The newspaper also published an interview with an expert who linked teen violence against families to pop culture and other factors.

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