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11:25 AM, Nov 2, 2011   |    comments
Alesandro Signorelli
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FERNDALE (WWJ) - Police in Ferndale are looking for a man who allegedly used a shower curtain to try to strangle a man he met in a gay bar days earlier.

Investigators say they responded to a home on Farmdale St. around 7:45 p.m. on Halloween, where they found a 44-year-old man who had been severely beaten.

The man said two days earlier he met 38-year-old Alesandro Signorelli at Adam's Apple, a gay bar in the Warren and Southfield area of Detroit. The man said Signorelli spent the night at his house and left in the morning. Signorelli returned in the early morning hours of Oct. 31 and the man again allowed him to spend the night.

Later in the morning, when the man had to go to work, Signorelli reportedly punched him in the face repeatedly. During the fight, Signorelli grabbed a shower curtain and wrapped it around the man's head, causing him to have difficulty breathing. The man said Signorelli finally let go after he agreed to give him prescription drugs and cash.

Investigators say while threatening the man with a kitchen knife, Signorelli instructed him to gather the drugs, money and several other items, including a television. During that time, the man found an opportunity to run from the house and go to a neighbor's for help. The neighbor phoned police.

Signorelli fled the area in a 2000 Red F-150 pick-up truck, Michigan plate XFL68.

The man was treated and released later from the hospital. He suffered cuts and contusions.

Police say Signorelli was recently released from prison and is on parole for a 2002 armed robbery charge. Citizens should not approach Signorelli as he has an extensive criminal history that includes violent criminal acts.

Anybody with information regarding the suspect should immediately contact the Ferndale Police Department at 248-541-3650.

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