LIVONIA (WWJ) – The Berkley man who is considered a key suspect in the disappearance of Danielle Stislicki is headed to trial in a separate case.
Floyd Galloway, 30, is facing kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct-assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation and assault with intent to murder after allegedly grabbing a 28-year-old woman in Hines Park last September.
Galloway appeared in court Friday where he turned down a plea deal in the case that would have capped his sentence at 15 to 35 years in prison. Instead, Galloway told the judge that he wanted to go to trial despite facing up to life in prison. Trial is set to start Nov. 29.
The victim told investigators she was headed east on the path, west of Levan, when the suspect attacked — strangling her and punching her in the face before dragging her into the woods toward the Rouge River. While she struggled, the man allegedly tried to take her clothes off, demanding sex — but the victim was able to fight him off and get away. She flagged down a passing motorist and used his phone to call 911 while the suspect fled on foot, police said. Cell phone records and DNA tests helped make a case against Galloway, who was arrested and charged in the attack in June.
The attack on the Hines Park bicycle path happened two months before 28-year-old Stislicki went missing.
Stislicki was last seen Dec. 2, 2016. She left her job at MetLife in Southfield and was supposed to meet a friend for dinner — but she never showed up. Her Jeep was found a day later, parked outside her home at the Independence Green apartments in the area of Halsted and Grand River in Farmington Hills — with her purse inside. Although police found no signs of a struggle, Ann Stislicki has said she suspects that her daughter was abducted.
Galloway’s house was searched a couple of weeks after Stislicki disappeared. Police didn’t say much about the search at the time, but neighbors say they saw officers taking a mattress and other items out of the 30-year-old’s home.
Galloway was also employed by a company contracted to provide security for MetLife, where Stislicki worked, at the time of her disappearance, according to police.
Although he has been called a suspect in Stislicki’s disappearance, he has not been charged in connection with that case. His attorney Jim Williams has said Galloway has been wrongfully linked to Stislicki and is innocent of all charges.
Anonymous tips on the Stislicki case can be submitted to the Farmington Hills Police Department at 248-871-2610.