Man allegedly hits pedestrians on purpose

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 25, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak patrol officers located and arrested a 28-year-old Sterling Heights man in the city of Royal Oak less than 24 hours after taking reports that he allegedly had intentionally struck two people with a vehicle.

According to police, a fight broke out in the basement of Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant and Taphouse, 419 S. Main St., and security removed two groups of people in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 23. Witnesses reportedly told police that a man from one of the groups got into a gold or tan Buick Rendezvous, intentionally struck a woman, turned and intentionally struck a man, struck two signs and a parked vehicle, backed over the man again, and fled the area.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit, said members of the group flagged down a Royal Oak police officer, who was leaving the scene of a fatal train-pedestrian accident that took place less than an hour before, at approximately 1:53 a.m. Feb. 23.

Spencer said that both the woman and man who were hit were in the street, and paramedics transported them to Beaumont Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“They have since been released,” Spencer said in a Feb. 25 phone interview. “Neither one had broken bones.”

Witnesses described the vehicle as having significant front-end damage, a shattered driver’s side window and a broken passenger side rear taillight.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Royal Oak patrol officers observed a silver Buick Rendezvous near Main Street and University Avenue that had damage consistent with the wanted vehicle and showed signs of having been repaired recently, according to police.

Officers stopped the vehicle, and police said that the driver closely resembled the description of the suspect wanted in connection with the incident.

Spencer said the suspect had modified his appearance by trimming his beard and was wearing the same jacket that he had been described as wearing that morning. Police arrested the driver, as well as a passenger in the vehicle.

“(The passenger) appears to be unrelated to the original incident. He had an outstanding felony warrant,” Spencer said. “It was some outstanding work by the patrol officers keeping an eye out for the individual.”

The incident is still under investigation.

Police ask that anyone with additional information about the incident contact Spencer at (248) 246-3456.

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