Police chase man in stolen car, investigate if he's linked to attempted carjackings in Ferndale

Published On: Apr 19 2013 11:36:54 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 19 2013 06:38:55 PM EDT
FERNDALE, Mich. -

Ferndale and Hazel Park police are working to determine if the man they arrested Friday following a chase in a stolen car is the same man responsible for a string of attempted carjackings.

Hazel Park police said they responded to the report of an armed robbery and became involved in a chase with a man in a red Subaru. The driver eventually crashed and was taken into custody.

The car he was driving matched the description of one that was stolen Thursday night in Ferndale.

What happened:

Ferndale police said a series of attempted carjackings were reported at about 9 p.m. Thursday, which began with a hit-and-run crash on Academy Street. The car involved in the crash was reported stolen during a carjacking in Detroit. It was later found abandoned on Wordsworth Street.

Police said witnesses to the attempted carjackings in the same neighborhood all gave similar descriptions of the crook.

In one incident, police said two men were pulling into their driveway on Silman when the would-be carjacker started banging on a door window and demanding the driver get out of the car. The driver was able to drive away.

Shortly after, police said they responded to the State Fair Market on Hilton where the suspect had made two separate attempts to steal cars from their owners. He first approached a man in a Trailblazer and unsuccessfully tried to steal the vehicle from him. He then approached another man who was leaving the store after making a purchase. Police said the would-be carjacker hit the victim in the head with a brown paper bag he was holding. The victim suffered a cut to his head.

While police were searching that area, a father and son were threatened by a man who stole their red 2002 Subaru Impreza and took off.