DETROIT (WWJ) – A man who police say assaulted and carjacked an 86-year-old World War II veteran is behind bars Friday morning.

Detroit Police say the 21-year-old suspect was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday.

Aaron Brantley was on his way home from Bible study when he was assaulted in broad daylight and his car was stolen from a BP gas station on McNichols near Fairfield Street last week.

Brantley told The Associated Press said several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack. He eventually tried to pay a stranger to drive him home, but the man drove him for free, and called an ambulance.

Before making the arrest, police released a video surveillance tape from just before the carjacking.

The video shows a young man enter the building. He appears to be looking outside, although it is not clear what he’s looking at. He then approaches the door, still looking outside. Brantley is then seen walking up to the door, at which point the man steps back to let him inside. After Brantley walks in, the man exits the building, walking in the direction where Brantley was assaulted.

Station manager Haissam Jaber said he didn’t see the attack but called 911 after a customer alerted him.

Police have neither confirmed nor denied that the man is the video is the suspect in custody.

Charges against the suspect, whose name was not released, are pending.

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Comments (14)
  1. Jim says:

    This is too easy. Put his name, address, and his mama’s name all over the TV and radio. I’m just sayin’.


    Nail the HIM GOOD !! he was just waiting for an easy target and found one , a helpless elderly man in his 80s , just goes to show how much society cares about our veterans that served in the 2nd world war and any other war , this is not the way we should treat our heroes….

  3. Racerboy says:

    Welcome to the culture of Detroit…Thanks to Coleman Young and Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society for all they left us.

    1. Joe says:

      NYC is going this way soon, thanks to Bloomberg pandering to the Sharpnots.

  4. Happy Feet says:

    Yup exactly my thoughts.

    This is how FAR this country has fallen. You really think we will last much longer in this state of absolute decline!

    Please America, be prepared for when these animals come for you after a major disaster…

  5. Steve says:

    Fast trial, short rope. They hung horse thieves back in the day, time for the death penalty for car jackers.

  6. everyday man says:

    Under water mortages, foreclosures, chronic longterm unemployment, underemployment, deregulation, privatization and smaller government, corruption, waste and fraud in government and these are the phenomena that results in the society we have now. Predation that starts at the top and “trickles down…to manifest predation at the bottom. We don’t have much longer if leaders don’t have a on the road to Damacus event that jolts them to see the light and change their ways and legislate policy that lifts all boats.

    Moral decrepancy destroyed old Rome the way it is now destroying new Rome

  7. tellicoresident13 says:

    TNB, keeping it rel.

  8. Joe says:

    “After Brantley walks in, the man exits the building, walking in the direction where Brantley was assaulted.”

    BS – he first leans toward the victim, scoping him out to see if he can sense someone close behind him.

    This is predator behavior, and if the cops have the right guy, he should commit suicide in jail.

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