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May 14, 2013

Warren police investigating two carjacking reports

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Warren police detectives were called to investigate two seemingly unrelated carjackings that took place over the weekend May 11-13.

According to Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, police were dispatched to the 11400 block of Continental, north of Nine Mile and west of Hoover, at 5:50 a.m. May 11 after two women told police they were robbed of their purses, cash and cell phones by two men who fled in 2004 Hyundai Sonata owned by one of the victims.

“They both work at a gentleman’s establishment. They think that they were set up,” Mills said.

The women, both in their early 20s and from Detroit, told police they were dropping off a friend on Continental when two black men approached them.

One of the suspects was described as a light-skinned black man, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build, weighing about 180 pounds with a short faded haircut, wearing a blue plaid button-up shirt and a black jacket. He was reportedly armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The other suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, also 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build and weighing about 180 pounds, wearing an unknown hat and armed with a two-toned semi-automatic handgun.

According to a police report, the women said the first suspect ordered her out of the vehicle while the second man took a purse from the other woman’s lap and ordered her out.

The women said the men got into the Sonata and fled east on Continental.

Mills said the case does not appear to be related to a carjacking reported at a 7-Eleven store on Nine Mile Road west of Mound at 1:57 a.m. May 13. He said that incident appeared to have been a “crime of opportunity.”

According to a police report, a 27-year-old Warren resident said two men exited a black Cadillac Escalade that pulled up next to her in the parking lot of 7-Eleven and took her 2013 Chevy Equinox.

One of the suspects was described as black, 5 feet 11 inches tall with a thin build, weighing about 160 pounds. The other suspect was described as black, 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build, weighing about 180 pounds, with a mustache and a goatee.

Both men were reportedly wearing black pants and hooded sweatshirts, and the woman said both were armed with black semi-automatic handguns.

The victim told police she was pulled from her vehicle and hit over the head by both men. They reportedly got into her Equinox and followed the black Escalade onto Nine Mile and away from the store.

Warren police used the vehicle’s OnStar system to track it to the area of Seven Mile and Meyers in Detroit, to nearby McNichols and eventually east of that location where it was spotted by police.

The vehicle was found abandoned on a dead-end street near Eight Mile and Southfield after a brief pursuit. Police were unable to locate the suspects.

Anyone with information about either incident can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.