EastpointeAugust 10, 2012
Racial slurs, road rage lead to assault
By Sara Kandel
C & G Staff Writer
Detectives in Eastpointe are investigating an incident that took place late Aug. 8 after a racially-charged road rage episode escalated to assault.
Police were first notified of the situation at 11:10 p.m. when a resident in the 23800 block of Courtland reported witnessing an assault.
The caller told police that he had heard three loud noises — perhaps gun shots — coming from the parking lot of a building. When he looked out his window, he observed a gold Chrysler with a shattered windshield and black BMW convertible parked next to each other.
Two white males inside the BMW were yelling at a black couple inside the Chrysler. The Chrysler then pulled away from the parking lot at a high rate of speed, striking the building as it left the lot. The BMW gave chase and followed the Chrysler out of the parking lot.
Police checking the area observed long scratches to the side of the building and found broken glass, but no shell casings, on the ground.
Less than an hour later, a couple came into the Eastpointe Police Department to file a complaint. They told officers who met them in the lobby that they had been assaulted in the 23800 block of Courtland.
The man had cuts to his face and arms and the woman had similar cuts on her left hand. They told police what happened to them.
After a road rage incident between them and two white males in a black BMW, involving racial slurs and offensive gestures on the suspects’ part, the victims were chased until they were cornered in the back of the parking lot on Courtland.
According to the male victim, both suspects exited the vehicle and the first, wearing a gray T-shirt, climbed on the roof of his car and ripped the moon roof off, then started hitting the windshield causing it to crack.
The second suspect, wearing a black T-shirt, walked up to the driver side window and broke it, causing shards of glass to fly at the male victim, cutting him in the face, shoulder and elbow. After breaking the glass, the suspect punched the victim in the face several times.
The victim was eventually able to put his vehicle in reverse and get away from the suspects, accidentally sideswiping the building in the process. The female victim, who had been sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle during the assault, sustained minor cuts to her middle and ring finger from broken glass.
The Eastpointe Fire Department was summoned to the police station to provide medical attention to the two victims and an evidence technician was brought in to process the vehicle, recovering five latent fingerprints on the moon roof.
The detective’s bureau is investigating the incident.
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