Joseph Pagan threatened to kill Jackie Neumann and her 11-year-old son approximately two years ago--a threat her ex-husband reported to the police in his hometown of Grosse Pointe Farms. Police sternly warned Pagan to leave the family alone, Jim Neumann told the newspaper.
Pagan was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct for Neumann's death after her body was found Saturday evening in Clinton Township, Channel 7 reported.
The warning from police wasn't the only sign of trouble with Pagan of Casco Township.
In September 2012, Neumann came into New Baltimore's police station on Green Street after being in the car with him. She reported a domestic violence incident.
"The domestic assault occurred while they were operating a motor vehicle through the city," New Baltimore Police Chief Tim Wiley told Patch.
Pagan was arrested for felonious assault and possession of crack cocaine, Wiley said. He was placed on probation in October, but Neumann continued to keep in touch with him, Channel 7 reported. Pagan, who is disabled, initially hired Neumann to be his caregiver before they began dating, The Daily Tribune reports.
The victim's body was found inside a home on Rosedale in the Rudgate Mobile Home subdivision in the Groesbeck and Metro Parkway area. Her cause of death has not been released.
Pagan was arrested Monday in Detroit and is being held in Macomb County Jail, according to the television station.
Clinton Township police were not immediately available for comment Tuesday regarding this case.
Neumann's family and friends told media outlets she is remembered for her kindness, including her dedication to volunteerism and her recent honor as "best swim mom" for supporting her son's team.