More details shed light on reports of shooting, kidnapping in Southfield

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 28, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — Police have offered more details on a recent alleged assault with intent to murder and kidnapping.

According to a previous report, a missing child was turned over to police shortly after an Amber Alert was issued around 6:10 p.m. July 13.

The alert was issued for a 1-year-old girl who officials said was abducted at gunpoint by her father.

Deputy Chief Nick Loussia, of the Southfield Police Department, said in a previous report that the child’s father had turned her over to police around 7:45 p.m. at the Southfield Police Department.

Loussia said the child was not harmed.

Police said previously that they believe the abduction could be connected to a shooting that occurred earlier that day, around 2 p.m. in a parking lot near Providence Hospital.

According to a recent crime report, police were dispatched to a possible kidnapping around 1:45 p.m. at a hair salon near the hospital, which is located in the 16000 block of Nine Mile Road.

Police said the reporting party called the emergency line and told police that her daughter had just been kidnapped. Dispatchers also received several more calls about gunshots being fired at the same location.

When police arrived at the scene, they were waved down by several witnesses in the parking lot, who said they saw two men shooting AK-47 style rifles at another man, who was running south in the parking lot.

The witnesses gave a description of the man being shot at and said that he kept running east on Nine Mile. Police said the description of the man matched that of the man who had taken the child.

Police said the child’s mother was located and interviewed, and she said the father of her child had entered the business with a friend and attempted to take the child. The woman told police both men were armed.

The woman told police she tried to get her daughter back, but the man refused, and there was a scuffle between the mom, two women who were in the salon and the two men who had entered with the guns.

One of the women in the salon allegedly slapped the mother, she told police, assaulting her.

The two men and two women who had been in the salon then fled the scene, the woman said, and as she attempted to follow them she heard several gunshots.

The woman said the child’s father took the 1-year-old girl as he fled with the other man.

Witnesses outside of the building told police that they saw two men with AK-47 type weapons that were shooting at the two men who left the salon with the child.

The child’s father fled the scene with the child, police said.

Police said evidence technicians were summoned to the scene to process it, and an Amber Alert was put out by the Michigan State Police.

Later the same day, police said, the suspect and his child went into the Southfield police station with his attorney and the suspect was interviewed.

“After interviewing the suspect, it appears that he may have been set up by (the mother of the child),” police said in the report. “They knew he was coming, and one of the shooters may be an associate of the reporting party.”

Police said Child Protective Services was called, and the child was turned over to her mother until a decision is made by the court on who should have custody.

According to the report, the incident remains under investigation, and police are looking for several suspects.

The first suspect is described as a black man with a thin build, around 6 feet 1 inch tall, with braided hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt, long gray shorts and gym shoes, and last seen running eastbound in an alleyway between the buildings of the hospital. He was armed with what appeared to be an AK-47.

The second suspect, who police say is the man who came into the salon with the child’s father, is described as a tall black man with long dreads. He was wearing a red T-shirt and was armed with a handgun during the incident, police said.

Police are also looking for the woman who allegedly slapped the reporting party. She is described as black, heavy-set and around 23 years old, with a black, sew-in weave past her shoulders. She was wearing pink shorts and a white tank top during the incident, police said.

Anyone with information on the suspects or the incident is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5000.