Police: Carjacker threw woman to the ground, hit patrol cars

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 9, 2021

 Robert Bartolomucci

Robert Bartolomucci

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WARREN — Police said a man with a “lengthy criminal history” forcefully carjacked a woman at a Warren gas station and struck several vehicles, including two patrol cars, as he attempted to elude officers Nov. 7.

The suspect, Robert Lee Bartolomucci, 55, of Warren, now faces charges including carjacking, fleeing and eluding, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting arrest.

 According to a release from Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer, a woman reported that she was carjacked at the Valero gas station at 13 Mile and Hoover roads at about 11:20 p.m. The 56-year-old woman told officers she was thrown to the ground by a man in the parking lot who wrestled her keys away from her and drove off in her 2015 Chevy Malibu. She was reportedly left with minor injuries after the encounter.

Warren police used the OnStar system to track the Malibu to the area of 11 Mile Road and Sutherland Drive. Bartolomucci, who was still in the vehicle as officers approached, allegedly fled, striking a patrol car and driving across several front lawns before he hit another vehicle in the driveway of a residence. Police followed him to the area of 11 Mile and Schoenherr Road, where he struck another patrol car. Officers took him into custody at the scene after he crashed.

Police said additional evidence, including the victim’s purse, was recovered along with the vehicle.

Bartolomuccci was arraigned in the 37th District Court Nov. 8 and remained held in the Macomb County Jail on a $1 million cash or surety bond set by Judge Suzanne Faunce. He requested a court-appointed attorney and was next scheduled to appear for a probable cause conference at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 18, according to court records.

“Patrol officers had a fast response to the scene and utilized technology to quickly locate the vehicle,” Dwyer said. “Officers then worked to arrest this violent and dangerous suspect before more harm could occur.”

Police said Bartolomucci’s criminal history includes convictions for unarmed robbery, fleeing and eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession.

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