Attempted car theft sets off chase, crash

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 14, 2018

WARREN — An apparent attempt to steal a car near Wagner Avenue and Frazho Road set off a chase that ended with a crash in Detroit Sept. 10.

Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department, said the vehicle’s owner parked the Lincoln MKZ at her mother’s home on Wagner and went inside at about 7:30 a.m. When she returned to the car, she observed a man jump out of the vehicle and run back to a waiting Cadillac Escalade.

“She doesn’t see him until she comes out of the house, at which time he jumps out of the car and drops a gun,” Houtos said. “He jumps into the Cadillac. She follows him for a minute and loses sight of him around Schoenherr and Martin.”

Warren police responding to a report of a vehicle matching the description of the Cadillac driving erratically spotted it on Schoenherr a short time after. A chase ensued south into Detroit, where the Cadillac struck a Warren patrol car.

“It looks like it was intentional,” Houtos said. “They (the suspect vehicle) ended up getting into an accident over at Gratiot and State Fair.”

No injuries were reported in either crash. After the second collision, four suspects fled from the Cadillac. The only available description of the male occupants was 14-20 years old and black.

“One guy runs westbound across Gratiot at State Fair. The other three go eastbound,” Houtos said.

A Warren Police Department K-9 team responded to track the suspects and initially made progress before the scent was lost. The incident remained under investigation at press time.

Police later learned that the Cadillac had been reported stolen out of Eastpointe.

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