GM Lake Orion plant fight leaves Pontiac WM grandfather dead, beaten by a resident alien from Albania, not English speaking.

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GM Lake Orion plant fight leaves Pontiac grandfather dead​

By Fox 2 Staff and Amber Ainsworth

Published August 11, 2022 1:12PM

Crime and Public Safety

1 dead after altercation between custodial employees at Lake Orion assembly plant​

The Lake Orion Assembly Plant will remain shut down Thursday after the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said two men employed with a cleaning service contracted at the facility got into a fight around 1:37 a.m. The 48-year-old suspect is in custody.

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (FOX 2) - A Pontiac man died after a fight early Thursday at the General Motors Lake Orion plant.

Read: GM plant shutdown after fatal employee fight

Gregory Lanier Robertson, 49, and the 48-year-old suspect worked for a contracted cleaning company. Robertson had worked for the company for about seven months.

Authorities said they were called to the plant just before 1:40 a.m. on reports of an injured person. When they arrived they found Robertson unconscious after being hit in the head with an object.


Gregory Lanier Robertson

Robertson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was found not far from Robertson's body.

Robertson was a grandfather. He also leaves behind a wife.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for a funeral.

GM said in a statement that it was "working with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department to investigate an altercation between two employees from a third-party service provider at Orion Assembly early Thursday morning.

"The incident resulted in the death of one of the individuals. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family. In the meantime, GM has canceled Aug. 11 production at Orion Assembly. Additional details on the incident will be released by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department."

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Gregory Lanier Robertson

Man arraigned in killing of co-worker at GM Orion Plant​

Brian Johnston, The Oakland Press, Sterling Heights, Mich. - Yesterday 11:52 AM

Aug. 13—A 48-year-old man has been arraigned on an open murder charge Saturday, Aug. 13, after the killing of a Pontiac resident at the GM Orion Plant Thursday.

Astrit Gjon Bushi, a resident alien from Albania, is being held without bond at Oakland County Jail after the death of Gregory Lanier Robertson.

Bushi is accused in the beating death of Robertson, a 49-year-old man who worked for a cleaning service with Bushi, contracted by GM.

The two were working in a dock area of the plant when the incident occurred. Neither man was a GM employee.

Deputies arrived at the plant early Thursday morning, after getting reports of an injured person.

They found Robertson unconscious and bleeding. Rescue workers attempted life-saving measures, but were unable to revive Robertson. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bushi was found in a dock area of the plant, and was arrested without incident.

At the time of the incident, deputies believe Bushi was living out of his van, with no permanent address.

A probable cause conference has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 23 before 52-3 District Judge Julie Nicholson, and a preliminary examination has been set for Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Bushi used an interpreter to request a court-appointed attorney.

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48-year-old man arraigned on murder charge in slaying of coworker at GM's Orion plant​

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 48-year-old man was arraigned on a charge of open murder Saturday in connection with Thursday’s fatal assault of a coworker at the General Motors assembly plant in Orion Township.
Astrit Gjon Bushi, who is from Albania and was believed to be living out of his van, is being held without bond in the Oakland County Jail, according to a press release from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Astrit Bushi

Bushi is accused in the beating death of Gregory Lanier Robertson, 49, of Pontiac.
“As we pivot to holding the suspect accountable for the incredibly brutal murder he perpetrated, our prayers are with the families and co-workers that are affected,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said.
The two men worked for a cleaning service GM contracted with. They were working in a dock area of the plant at 455 Giddings Road in Orion Township when the incident occurred. They were not GM employees.
Officials said deputies were called to the GM factory at 1:37 a.m. Thursday on a report of an injured person. Deputies found Robertson unconscious and bleeding, according to authorities.
Deputies and Orion Township Fire Department rescue personnel attempted life-saving measures on Robertson but could not revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bushi was found standing in a dock area of the plant, not far from where Robertson’s body was found and was arrested without incident, the sheriff's office said.
52-1 District Court Magistrate Karen Liddle set a probable cause conference for Aug. 23 before 52-3 District Judge Julie Nicholson and a preliminary examination date for Aug. 30.
Bushi, through an interpreter, requested a court-appointed attorney.

Greg Robertson

GM shut down Orion's production of Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles on Thursday. The automaker said it would make support services available to employees.
Robertson's family started a GoFundMe campaign to pay for funeral expenses. As of Friday evening, $5,562 was raised of a $7,000 goal.
"On August 11th my sister, Collette Robertson, lost her husband, Greg Robertson, after an altercation with a coworker at the GM Orion Plant in Lake Orion where he worked," the organizer, Sherry Gilchrist-Reagan, wrote in the post. "Unfortunately, Greg did not have a benefits package to help Collette give him a proper service. Collette would like to have a small service where she and others might have a chance to honor Greg and say goodbye. We also hope to be able to respect Greg’s wishes and give him a proper burial.