DETROIT (WWJ) – A suspect has been charged in connection with the brutal murder of a 91-year-old Detroit man.

George Steward, 17, of Detroit has been charged with the murder of Paul Monchnik.

Paul Monchnik ,91. (Family photo)

Paul Monchnik ,91. (Family photo)

Detroit police and firefighters were called to a fire at Monchnik’s home on Bentler Street in Detroit early Monday morning.

The victim was discovered with severe burns all over his body and a head injury. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene. ‎It is alleged that Stewart fatally assaulted Monchnik, and set his house on fire.

According to police, Monchnik was beaten during a robbery inside his home. To cover up the crime, police said the suspect went to a nearby gas station before returning to Monchnik’s home with a gas can and setting it on fire.

The suspect also stole Monchnik’s van, police said.

Monchnik’s vehicle has since been recovered, with a gas can inside, according to police. It appears the vehicle was the only thing stolen from the residence.

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