Young man forced to strip down during carjacking at state fair in Detroit

Stolen Mercedes found after being crashed into pole

DETROIT – A young man was forced to strip off all his clothes Tuesday afternoon during a carjacking at the state fair in Detroit.

Police said the man was forced to take off his clothes at gunpoint as men took his 2008 Mercedes near Gratiot Avenue and Hazelridge Street on the city's east side.

The man was slowing down his car around noon as he approached a yield sign, when a blue minivan pulled in front of the Mercedes and came to a stop, police said. A passenger jumped out of the minivan and forced the victim to take off his clothes before taking his car.

The victim walked into a nearby store and asked to call police.

Officials found the Mercedes about a mile away near Chalmers and Cedargrove streets. The carjacker had crashed the car into a light pole and left it in an alley.

Detroit police said they're seeing more cases of victims being forced to remove clothing during a robbery.

It's unknown why the car crashed.

Police don't believe the incident was gang related, but called it a crime of opportunity. They're still searching for the blue minivan.

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