Armed robbery on campus of Wayne State University ends in car crash

Stolen items were returned to victim

Jeep totaled after armed robbery

DETROIT – An armed robbery on Wayne State University’s campus ended with a stolen car being totaled in a crash.

The victim is still shaken up and concerned about his safety. He told Local 4 he never thought he would have to watch his back living on campus.

“I felt extremely safe where I lived. There are always people walking around. There are people all over the place,” the man, who did not want to be identified, said.

That quickly changed for the 29-year-old living on W. Palmer Avenue when he was unloading belongings from his car into his apartment Saturday night.

“There were two guys walking on the sidewalk towards my vehicle. I heard the guy run up and he sort of wedged his arm in the way of me closing my driver side door. Then he pulled out a gun said hold your head down or I’ll kill you,” he said.

Of course, the Midtown resident had no choice but to comply -- then he was robbed at gunpoint for everything he had.

“He basically took everything from me -- my phone, my wallet, my car keys and my Air Pods,” he said.

After the robbery, the two men drove off in the victim’s vehicle. A patrol car was nearby.

“While I was walking, a cop actually drove up to me on patrol and then I ran up to them and was like, ‘Hey, this dude just stole my stuff,’” the man said.

Cops were so close, the two men decided to jump out of the moving Jeep, damaging the car beyond repair. Police were able to recover everything else that was stolen.

Both suspects are now in custody. Neither one has officially been charged yet.

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