ATF Offers Reward For Information On Elderly Assault

DETROIT (WWJ) The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a reward of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual responsible for the assault of an elderly Detroit man.

Paul McDermott, an 84-year-old resident of Detroit, was assaulted on February 4 during a carjacking,  said Thomas Brandon, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the ATF Detroit Field Division.

On February 4, an unidentified assailant carjacked and severely beat McDermott as he left a residence on Waverly Street between 12th and 14th streets in Detroit. 

In the course of the carjacking, the assailant repeatedly punched and kicked McDermott in the face and body.  The assailant also stole a licensed firearm McDermott was lawfully carrying. 

The unidentified assailant was described as a tall male in his 20s or 30s. 

The Detroit Police have recovered McDermott’s car but the firearm is still missing.  

ATF and the Detroit Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the unknown individual. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call ATF at 1-800 ATF-GUNS (1- 800- 283-4867) or The Southeast Michigan Crime Stoppers at 1-800 SPEAK UP (800 773-2587). 

Callers may remain anonymous.

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