DETROIT - According to driving records obtained by Local 4, the Rev. Marvin Winans was driving with a suspended license when he was carjacked and robbed in Detroit last week.
The popular pastor and gospel singer Winans, 54, was attacked May 16 while pumping gas in the area of Linwood and Davison. The robbers took his 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV, Rolex watch, cash and credit cards.
Winans suffered only bruises and scrapes.
He is pastor of the 4,500-member Perfecting Church and delivered singer Whitney Houston's eulogy in February.
Winans' license suspended for unpaid tickets
According to records from the Michigan Secretary of State, Winans' license was suspended on May 9 for two unpaid tickets out of Hazel Park – one for impeding traffic and the other for driving on a previous suspended license.
His driving record shows a slew of tickets since September of 2005.
Winans releases statement:
"The traffic issues listed in driver's record that was recently released was in the process of being handled prior to the Wednesday, May 16 incident. The proof of payment and formal letter addressing the issue was submitted. I was not aware of any suspension of license due to change of address. All day-to-day correspondences are facilitated by my administrative staff. If something was a matter of great urgency they would have brought it to my attention."
3 charged in pastor's attack
Detroit residents Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both 20, and Brian K. Young, 18, of Macomb County's Clinton Township are charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy.
The charges carry up to life in prison.
They are due back in court June 1.
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