Police: 2 men accused in string of carjackings, armed robberies in Detroit

2 occurred near schools

By Larry Spruill - Reporter, Kayla Clarke

DETROIT - Police believe the same crew was responsible for four armed attacks, all of which occurred in the span of an hour and a half on Detroit's west side.

“There were four incidents that spanned across the west side of the city between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.,” said Assistant Chief James White, with the Detroit Police Department.

Detroit police believe two men are behind all four robberies and carjackings. Police said two women were sitting in their cars when they were held at gunpoint.

Police first believed it was four carjackers but later learned two weren’t involved.

“The suspects, a 28-year-old and 31-year-old males, were located in the area of Trinity and Joy and taken into custody without incident,” said White.

Here’s the timeline:

  • Police said at 8:30 Monday morning, two men attempted to rob a 64-year-old man of his vehicle at the intersection of Rutland and Plymouth.
  • Then at 9:15 a.m., a woman was held at gunpoint at the Charles R. Drew Transition Center on Wyoming.
  • Just 30 minutes after that, a 34-year-old woman was carjacked in the parking lot of Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School.
  • The last one happened at 10 a.m. at a shopping center on Joy Road. A man was walking back to his vehicle when two men robbed him.

Police said in all four of the incidents, the carjackers simply opened up the car door with the victim inside. Police said it's natural to want to fight back but that’s not always the right thing to do.

“We would prefer that you are professional witnesses for us and not engage perpetrators and give us the information that we need,” said White. 
 

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