Alleged carjacker requests a polygraph test

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 22, 2014


EASTPOINTE — A man accused of carjacking a vehicle while the victim was standing next to it in her driveway requested during his pre-examination conference Jan. 14 that he undergo a polygraph test.

John Randolph, 30, of Clinton Township, appeared before Judge Carl Gerds III at the 38th District Court for the conference, and as of press time, Gerds had yet to make a decision on the polygraph. Randolph’s preliminary examination was set for Feb. 4. If Gerds determines at the preliminary examination that there is probable cause to believe Randolph committed the crimes with which he is charged, the case would be bound over to the 16th Judicial Circuit Court, where Randolph would be arraigned and could face a trial.

Randolph is facing two charges: carjacking and stealing financial transaction devices, as the victim’s purse was in the carjacked vehicle when it was stolen. If he is convicted, Randolph faces a sentence of up to life in prison.

Randolph’s court-appointed attorney, Michael L. Steinberg, said he felt positive about the conference and that there are more discoveries to be made regarding the case.

“The conference went well,” Steinberg said. “Polygraphs are not admissible in Michigan, but it may shed some light on what actually happened.”

“We are prepared to defend the case,” he added.

According to a press release from the Eastpointe Police Department, the victim’s car was stolen Jan. 2 while she was standing next to the running vehicle in the 21000 block of Cushing Street. Randolph allegedly pushed her to the ground, got in the vehicle, and drove off.

Police officers reportedly spotted the stolen vehicle and followed it to a strip mall at Seven Mile Road and Gratiot Avenue, where Randolph was taken into custody with the assistance of the Detroit Police Department. The keys and the victim’s purse were in the vehicle at the time, according to police.

Eastpointe Police Lt. Dave Ernatt said Randolph had an outstanding warrant for being a parole absconder, stemming from a previous carjacking conviction.