Man constantly harassing customers on Detroit’s east side returns

Police believe the man may have a mental illness

Detroit police said they are aware of the man and that he has mental health issues and they want to provide support for him.

DETROIT – The Detroit Police Department is more than aware of the man who’s been harassing customers and employees at a gas station and liquor store on Detroit’s east side.

Residents think the man has a mental illness.

“It’s obvious that, unfortunately, he’s suffering from Mental illness,” said Commander Gerry Johnson. “We just want to reach out, try to locate him, and provide him with the necessary resources that’s needed. We have our CIT program, which is our crisis intervention team. They’re here. We’re actively looking for him. We actually spoke to his mother.”

Right after Local 4′s story aired Wednesday, a man who’s believed to have once been an upcoming rapper came back and was at it again.

“The department tries their best, but at the same time, it’s such a hassle,” said the anonymous man. “It’s just an everyday thing. As many reports we make, it’s just not enough.”

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Although business owners say they’ve contacted police multiple times in the last few months, the Detroit Police Department says they have no record of that complaint ever being filed.

Either way, it’s a sad set of circumstances for the man who needs the proper assistance.

“Sometimes we hear that they do take him to the hospital,” said the man wishing not to be named. “They put him on a 72-hour hold, but then maybe two or three days later, he’ll be back doing the same thing.”

Neither business was able to provide a police report number; they’re just glad this man is hopefully going to get some help.

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.