Shirtless man attacks gas station customers on Detroit’s east side

The man in question was once an up-and-coming rapper

Several businesses on the east side of Detroit have been dealing with a shirtless man who has a reputation attacking customers at gas stations (WDIV)

DETROIT – Several businesses on Detroit’s east side have all been dealing with the same problem.

It’s one man who is sometimes half-naked, coming inside and causing a lot of commotions.

“It’s getting to the point where we can’t keep any employees,” said one gas station owner. “Nobody wants to deal with this, and I’m thinking about stepping away from this business.”

We can’t show you his face because he hasn’t officially been charged with anything, but the Citgo gas station owner on Chalmers Street says he’s called the police hundreds of times, and nothing is being done about the problem.

Random patrons of the establishments aren’t spared from any close contact either.

“He just comes and picks the guy up, and he does what he wants, man,” the anonymous gas station owner said. “We have no control over here.”

Employees and customers at Hayes Liquor Basket have often found themselves in similar situations.

“I don’t like to come to work no more,” said the liquor store owner, who also wants to remain anonymous. “What are we going to have to do? Shut down our business for one individual? He comes in here. He assaults our customers. He assaults our business. He assaults us.”

It turns out the man in question was once an up-and-coming rapper. Now, seen in the video player above, is how he spends most of his time.

“So many people know him, but nobody helps him,” the anonymous owner said. “Nobody really looks to put him in the right direction, and it seems like all he wants to do now is be reckless,” the owner added.

With both locations paying for green light camera services, they believe the Detroit Police Department should at least be of more assistance.

“They come in, but they do nothing,” the anonymous store owner said. “They do absolutely nothing. They ask him to leave, and he leaves. He’s back in five minutes.”

These business owners are hoping the man in question can get the proper help before he hurts someone or someone hurts him.

About the Authors:

Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.