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September 25, 2013

Four men arrested following carjacking, assault

By Robin Ruehlen
C & G Staff Writer

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — Four men are now in custody in connection with a violent carjacking that took place in the parking lot of the Kroger on Telegraph Road Sept. 15.

According to Sgt. Timothy Abbo, the suspects approached a man sitting in his car at Kroger at around 11 p.m. and inquired about receiving a ride. When the man refused, he was pulled from his vehicle and assaulted. The suspects then drove away with his car.

Bloomfield Hills officers overheard the ensuing radio traffic, and informed Bloomfield Township officers that just half an hour before, they had released four men from their station on charges of soliciting without a license.

The Bloomfield Township Investigations Division was able to use that information to identify the men: a 26-year-old from Shreveport, La.; a 23-year-old from Birmingham, Ala.; a 23-year-old from Chicago; and a 24-year-old from Memphis, Tenn.

On Sept. 16, two of the suspects were arrested at a residence on Lafayette in Detroit. Two others were subsequently located at a motel on Jefferson Avenue and were arrested without incident. The suspects told police they had been selling magazine subscriptions in the area for the past few months, and at the time of their arrest, two of the four were in the process of fleeing to Kansas City, Mo.

Detroit police found the stolen vehicle on the city’s west side that same day and discovered that the suspects had used the vehicle to commit an armed robbery in the city in which one person was stabbed, police said.

The suspects were turned over to Detroit police and remain in custody while the investigation continues. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case for possible charges in regard to the crimes committed in Bloomfield Township.

Abbo said he had not received any prior reports of the suspects soliciting within the township prior to the carjacking incident.