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6 People Carjacked Over 8 Hour Span In Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police say they’re making progress in cracking down on carjackings across the city, despite the fact that six people were carjacked over an eight-hour span earlier this week.

Chief James Craig says the number of carjackings is actually down 33 percent compared to last year, but more can be done.

“I’m calling a meeting together of our business owners, party stores, liquor stores, gas stations where those have been locations where carjackings have originated,” he said.

“I’ve talked to too many citizens here who say they’re troubled by the loitering. Some times, the crime is taking place in front of these business places. These are magnets for potential carjackings, so we’re going to be working on that,” Craig added.

Despite the decrease in carjackings, Craig said unfortunately, they still occur daily throughout the city. In fact, between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, at least six people were victimized by carjackers.

“I think the one most troubling is the female that was shot in an attempted carjacking, so our work is still cut out. But again, here today we see a decline in carjackings compared to last year,” he said.

CRIME SUMMARY REPORT
*NOTE: The following summaries are allegations of incidents that have been reported and are under investigation.

  • 08/20/13 – 5:00 p.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: At Gratiot and E. Eight Mile, the male victim, 57, was loading items into the trunk of his vehicle, when the suspect approached and produced a weapon. The suspect took the victim’s personal property and escaped in his vehicle (blue, 2007, Chevy Cobalt). The victim was not injured.
    WANTED: Black male, 20’s, 160 lbs, medium complexion, medium build, clean-shaven, wearing a white tee-shirt, black pants, and armed.
  • 08/20/13 – 10:45 p.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: In the 4000 block of Vicksburg, the female victim, 56 was seated in her vehicle, when the suspect approached and produced a weapon. The suspect took the victim’s personal property and escaped in her vehicle (Silver, 2000, Pontiac Bonneville). The victim was not injured.
    WANTED: Black male, 20’s, 5’-7”, 200 lbs, braided hair, medium brown complexion, wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and armed.
  • 08/20/13 – 11:05 p.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: In the 18400 block of Wildemere, the male victim, 28, was walking to his vehicle, when the suspects approached, and produced a weapon. The suspects took the victim’s personal property and escaped in his vehicle (Silver, 2008, Cheverolet Aveo). The victim was not injured.
    WANTED: Suspect #1 Black male, 20’s, 6’-0”, dark complexion, medium build, wearing a dark-colored tee-shirt, and armed. Suspect #2: Black male, 20’s, 5’-9”, light brown complexion, medium build, afro, thin goatee and mustache, wearing a light-colored tee-shirt, and armed.
  • 08/21/13 – 12:30 a.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: At Fenkell and Lasalle, three male victims, 35, 19 and 14, were walking down the street, when the suspects approached. One suspect produced a weapon, and took their personal properties, and escaped in a vehicle (Gray, 2005 Ford Escape). The victims were not injured.
    WANTED: Suspect #1: Black male, teen, 5’-7”, 185 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, short afro, dark brown complexion, wearing a dark tee-shirt, black pants, and armed. Suspect #2: Black male, teen, 5’-9”, 180 lbs, black straight short hair, brown eyes, dark brown complexion, wearing a black tee-shirt, and black pants. Suspect #3: Black male, teen, 5’-10”, 200 lbs, black straight short hair, brown eyes, dark brown complexion, wearing a white tee-shirt, and black pants.
  • 08/21/13 – 12:45 a.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: In the 2500 block of Woodward, the female victim, 44, was dropping off the male victim, 57, in a parking garage. Both were seated in the vehicle when the suspects approached, and produced a weapon. The suspects physically assaulted the victims and took their personal properties. The suspects escaped in the victim’s vehicle (Black, 2007, Saturn Aura). The victims sustained minor injuries.
    WANTED: Suspect: #1-#3: Black males: Armed.
  • 08/21/13 – 12:30 a.m.
    CIRCUMSTANCES: In the 7700 block of Mansfield, the male victims, 31, was seated in his vehicle when the suspects approached, and produced a weapon. As the victim exited the vehicle, suspect #1 fired a shot, striking him in his body. The suspects escaped in the victim’s van (Blue, 2002, Ford). The victim was listed in good condition.
    WANTED: Suspect #1: Black male, teen, 5’-8”, 145 lbs, small build, medium brown complexion, wearing a dark tee-shirt, and armed. Suspect #2: Black male, teen, wearing a white knit cap and dark clothing.

Anyone with information on any of the above crimes is urged to call Detroit Police Criminal Investigations at 313-596-1340 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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