DETROIT (CBS Detroit) One of the biggest stars of HGTV made a startling announcement Wednesday on Facebook, saying someone tried to carjack her while she was in town rehabbing a home in Detroit.
Nicole Curtis, a Detroit native who is rehabbing the Ransom Gillis house for the show where she gives new life to crumbling old houses, says she had gotten too comfortable.
Curtis initially put up a Facebook post where she said she was the victim of an attempted carjacking. She later removed the post and issued a “clarification” blaming the media for getting information wrong.
Her later information coincides with what Detroit police had said all along: They reported a man ran to Curtis’ car at Larned and Griswold while she was loading up a baby and other items after the Jazz Festival Monday night. The suspect reached inside, grabbed a bag off the front seat and fled. He got a laptop and some other items.
Police said the suspect was not armed. Sgt. Michael Woody called it a crime of opportunity and added there were few reports of such crimes at Jazz Fest, which drew thousands of people.
“He didn’t hurt anybody, he didn’t say anything to anybody, he snatched the purse out of the passenger seat, which I guess contained a few items, personal belongings that had some value to them, and then he fled very quickly,” Woody said.
Curtis had a message for the young man who snatched her bag, writing:
“So, to the young man that robbed us -if you get caught -I’m coming to meet you. First I seek to understand what makes you think this was a good idea. Cause the mom in me wonders …was it the only choice you thought you had ? Second, I’m going to pray for you that your life takes you different directions.”