Two men arrested for selling fraudulent Pink tickets

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published April 10, 2018

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FERNDALE — Two Chicago men were arrested by Ferndale police for allegedly selling fraudulent tickets within the city for a concert by the artist Pink.

Two 24-year-old Chicago residents, Derrick Woods Jr. and Denzel Robinson, were each arrested on a misdemeanor charge of larceny by false pretense March 23 after they allegedly were caught selling fraudulent tickets to Pink’s then-scheduled March 25 show at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. 

The Grammy-winning artist announced March 24 that she had to postpone the show due to an illness.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said police were notified of the fraud after receiving word from two people who believed that they had been sold fake tickets.

“We had two people call us and say that they believe they bought fraudulent tickets from someone they contacted off of Craigslist, and that they purchased them here in town at a local business,” he said. “They met the person at a local business.”

The first victim, a Farmington Hills resident, called at around 12:15 p.m. March 23 to report having paid $600 for four tickets from the suspects. The second victim, a Warren resident, called at around 1:30 p.m. and reported having bought four tickets for $500.

Brown said the department’s detectives began looking at Craigslist listings, and they were able to find one that they believe was posted by the suspects.

“They were able to identify an ad that just seemed a little out of sorts,” Brown said. “It didn’t look like the other ads that were in there for tickets, so they contacted that person and set up a meet.”

Brown said an undercover officer met with Woods Jr. at around 5 p.m the same day outside a Subway in downtown Ferndale, 22134 Woodward Ave., where they did a deal for $450 for four tickets. Woods was arrested, while his partner who dropped him off, Robinson, was waiting in the vehicle.

“Then we went to the vehicle, arrested that guy and found … an additional quantity of tickets,” he said.

Ferndale police declined to release mug shots of Woods Jr. and Robinson as to not threaten the integrity of the investigation.

“We don’t want there to be an issue with identification,” Brown said. “(The victims and suspects) don’t know each other. They didn’t formally meet and look at each other’s IDs, so we need to be confident that the victims remember the suspects’ faces by memory instead of through some sort of media.”

Brown said, for people buying secondhand tickets in the future, they should go to either a reputable dealer or, if they are meeting somebody in public, make the purchase in front of the Police Department.

“I would be very wary buying tickets from somebody out on the street at a Subway for anything,” he said. “I would always suggest using our social media sales area that we have designated out in front of the Police Department, and obviously anybody that would say they would not agree to meet you in front of the Police Department, I would definitely not buy anything from them because there must be some reason that they don’t want to be exposed to the police.”

Both Woods Jr. and Robinson were given $25,000 cash or surety bonds. Woods Jr. has his next court date, a pretrial, at 1 p.m. April 19 at the 43rd District Court. 

Robinson had his pretrial April 5. He pleaded guilty to his charge and was sentenced to 60 days in the Oakland County Jail, with 15 days credit.

The attorney for Woods Jr., Carla Marable, could not immediately be reached for comment at press time.