Farmington Hills Police Say Murder Suspects May Have Been Looking for Money

Police Chief Chuck Nebus says murder suspect was 'no stranger' to authorities.

say the 19-year-old suspect in has a past that involves drugs. 

"(Tucker Robert Cipriano) is not a stranger to us," Nebus said. "He does have a past that involves some drug history, and it's possible they broke into the house looking for money."

Tucker Cipriano and a friend are in custody in connection with the beating death of , as well as an assault on Tucker's mother and one of his 17-year-old twin brothers. The other 17-year-old brother and an 8-year-old sister, who were both in the house at the time of the attack, escaped injury. 

Both of the assault victims, Nebus said, are "fighting for their lives" at . 

Nebus said the 17-year-old who was not injured made the 9-1-1 call, which came in to police at 2:48 a.m. Nebus said the 8-year-old was able to open the door so that officers could get into the house and arrest the unidentified suspect.

Tucker Cipriano, who Nebus said was adopted and had not been living in the home, left the scene in a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup and was later arrested in Keego Harbor. Nebus said Cipriano was there with a friend, who is also being questioned. 

Police are in the process of obtaining a warrant to search the home on Rose Hill Drive, which has taken some time because the homeowners are not able to give consent, Nebus said. He expects evidence technicians will be in the house this afternoon and anticipates arraignment of the suspects will take place tomorrow.

The two Cipriano children who were not injured were taken to Farmington Hills Police Dept. and are now with other family members, Nebus said. 

grapenut April 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Drugs suck! This is also a be witness for Foster/adopted children. I am saddened and pray much for this situation
Karen Kmieciak April 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I want to express my deepest sympathies and prayers for the family. As much as I recognize this may not be the right time to bring this up, as an adult who was fortunate to be adopted, I can't help but feel that Police Chief Nebus did not need to highlight the fact that Tucker was an adopted child unless it was absolutely integral to why this tragedy occurred. There are so many children out there that need a loving family to adopt them and cases like this will certainly make some potential families pause. Too many cases have been brought up in the news in recent years where the public is told that the child involved was adopted. Where are the news reports stating the children were biologically linked to the parents they brutalized? We need balance.
Jackie April 16, 2012 at 06:56 PM
My daughter was friends with Tucker, or "Johnathan", as we call him. I hope the police take into consideration that Tucker suffers from mental illness and needs help. This is a very sad situation. I pray for the family and for Tucker.
Elisabeth April 16, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Jackie - read the article. My husband is currently consoling and staying with the brother of the victim and driving him to the airport so he can fly back to his brother's funeral. The other two Tucker took a swing at are not doing well either. According to the family, Tucker "hated" his parents and family. And your daughter was friends with him and you provide Tucker with the crutch of mental illness? Isn't anyone who could do this mentally ill? Lets not misplace sympathy. This is a terrible, terrible murder with a victim and a murderer. Don't confuse the two.
Parker P April 17, 2012 at 02:21 AM
This kid is a complete scumbag. He is fortunate enough to be adopted by a family that isn't his, and he murders the man who raised him with a baseball bat for what? Some drug money? I hope he rots in prison.
Angela D April 17, 2012 at 03:21 AM
This is such a sad story. My heart goes out to the victims and the family. My prayers are with everyone.
Ellen Keils April 17, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I had fifteen teenagers at my house today after a service to pray for their beloved friend Sal, and his wonderful mother, Rose's survival. Also to mourn the swath of Sals father. Sal is the greatest kid you would ever want your son to be friends with. So are his brother, Tanner and Sister, Isabela. Someone please explain to all these beautiful children how and why this could happen.
Karen Amerison April 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I pray all those witness to this sad story live a better life full of compassion for others. Let's not focus on "getting back" at those committing the crime but rather realize there are terrible pains some people endure that are so far beyond the comprehension of others. I think the world could use a big dose of HELPING rather than the convenient approach of berating.
bob April 17, 2012 at 06:06 AM
this is a sad day.my prayers go out to the family.some kids dont care dont matter what you do for them.lets dont blame this on drugs you must take what do to heart.this kid cared not for anyone are anybody.just evil.
Alimah N April 17, 2012 at 07:31 PM
That's no where appropiate.
Alimah N April 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
I was friends with him and knowing the promises he made to me, I'm disappointed, there isn't anything that could be done I wish he would have gotten help sooner, drugs made him into something he's not he hurt people he really loved, and for everyone who thinks he hated his entire family they should stop talking
Mama G April 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I agree that saying the kid was adopted seems to as prejudices as saying he was a different ethnicity. NOT All adoptees murder their parents, in fact how many adopted parents abuse or murder their adopted kids. As an adoptee and adoptive parent myself I agree that this is a tough & sad case, and would be if it were a bio-kid.
Jacquelyne April 18, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Are You Serious?
Jacquelyne April 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Parker you are so right.
Jacquelyne April 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Ellen, ask for guidance. I can not began to answer to questions my son and daughter are asking....All they want to know is how could he do this to his mom and dad? when mom's and dads are there to make you safe, love you, and wipe your tears. Then they look at one another and say I yell for you to get out of my room but I would miss you if you were gone. (this made me cry)
LT June 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Lots of children who are adopted have serious issues, and it NEEDS to be talked about. The parents that have adopted them and opened their heart to them can only do so much. My adopted daughter has RAD and walks around screaming tha( she hates me and wants me to die, but there is no help for her. This is a horrible situation, and should never have happened, possibly if there were better supports out there it could have been a different outcome. My heart goes out to the family and friends and I pray that this horrific situation let's some small good come out of it by looking at what needs to happen to help these families. My guess is this was a long time in coming. Fighting amoungst yourselves won't help, adoption could have played a large part in this. Its not good or bad, its just the truth. Not all adoptions are ugly! Yet the ones that are can destroy families.
cmg June 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I'm sorry for your daughter. However, keep in mind that biological children can have issues too. It's not just because she was adopted that she has issues, maybe it's the person that raised her. Did you ever think of that?? My cousin is adopted. Our family has never ever once in 40 years treated her as if she wasn't our own flesh and blood. The word "adopted" has never ever come into play. Does anyone really need to know outside of the family circle that the person is adopted?? No. It's a label. Labels cause issues. You bringing to fact that your daughter walks around screaming that she hates you, and you think it's because she was adopted?? Wow.
LT June 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Yes people do need to know, or else the kids can't get help. Anyone that comes back with bio kids have issues to have never held one to a child as they rage at you for ther broken bond they have. I will not respond to this again until you walk a mile in an older child adoption you have no right to comment. Out of respect for the family I will not be responding to anymore comments. Those of us that have lived through a child's rage, anger and futility of trying to get them help understand what it is like. Util you have lived through it you can not possibly understand or comment. Educate your selves, before you you talk about what you do not understand. Reactive attachment disorder. It is real, the kids are in hell and the adults that are trying to help, need help so that situations like the above do not happen again.
Michelle Miller June 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I knew Tucker and he does have issues in which I believe that he needs psychotic help. But trashing him and hoping he rots in prison is not nice. What he did was wrong but penalize him he has a drug addiction there is a man in miami florida less than a week ago who ate a man's face because he was trippin on acid things happen because of drugs. I hope everything good starter for a family and I send my condolences.
Donald Trump June 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Anyone who wishes pain and hurt upon Tucker Cipriano deserves the same, if not worse than he gets. Forgiveness is the only thing that will allow ourselves and Tucker to get through this tragedy.


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