Police arrest suspects in connection to carjacking in Grosse Pointe Park

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 25, 2019

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GROSSE POINTE PARK — A woman was carjacked by two men — one of whom was wielding a pistol — as she was getting out of her vehicle in a parking lot in the 14000 block of Charlevoix Avenue around 7:43 p.m. Nov. 23. 

Police said the carjackers also took the woman’s purse before driving off with her vehicle on Saturday night. Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said that three men inside the woman’s stolen vehicle in Detroit were arrested by Detroit police the afternoon of Nov. 24, and police believe that two of the three suspects were the men involved in the carjacking.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Park-led Arrest Car Thieves in our Neighborhoods task force — better known as ACTION — working with Park detectives and officers from Detroit and the Park, Poloni said. He said the officers were canvassing neighborhoods in an effort to locate the suspects and the stolen vehicle, and the effort paid off when Detroit police spotted the vehicle.

“We all work together in tandem with one another,” Poloni said. “We’re very thankful they were able to recover the vehicle and locate the suspects.”

He also said they’re grateful that the woman “was unharmed” during the incident. Poloni said that carjacking “is a very rare crime” in the Park.

That’s generally true in all of the Pointes, but this carjacking comes less than two weeks after an attempted carjacking at a Grosse Pointe Farms gas station Nov. 15 in which a lone assailant beat an elderly couple in an effort to steal their vehicle. He left the scene empty-handed after he was unable to get the keys, and a pair of Detroit police officers who happened to be parked at a business steps away from the gas station arrested a suspect moments after the incident.

The three suspects in the Park carjacking remain in police custody. Poloni said that the exact charges will be up to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

He said he couldn’t share too many details about the crime yet.

“We’re still investigating,” Poloni said.

In this case, Poloni said, there’s not much the woman could have done to avoid her encounter with the carjackers, but he urged local residents to “notice your surroundings” to reduce the chance of becoming a crime victim. Police also encourage residents to call them immediately if they see any suspicious activity.

Anyone with more information about this incident can call Park detectives at (313) 822-7400.