Police arrested a 29-year-old carjacking suspect, from Eastpointe, after he allegedly stole a Royal Oak resident’s vehicle and cellphone at a gas station, crashed the stolen vehicle into a Royal Oak home, fled the scene on foot, and turned up at another gas station.

Police arrested a 29-year-old carjacking suspect, from Eastpointe, after he allegedly stole a Royal Oak resident’s vehicle and cellphone at a gas station, crashed the stolen vehicle into a Royal Oak home, fled the scene on foot, and turned up at another gas station.

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Police say alcohol involved in carjacking at gas station

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published December 6, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 9:20 p.m. Dec. 5, Royal Oak police responded to a 911 call about a carjacking outside a Mobil gas station at 31001 Woodward Ave., just north of 13 Mile Road.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said that a 29-year-old Eastpointe man is in custody after he allegedly approached a 29-year-old Royal Oak woman who was sitting in her red Honda CR-V, texting, while automatically pumping gas at the gas station.

“He opened the door and grabbed her phone, and grabbed her by the arm and told her to get out,” Carter said. “She stepped out of the vehicle, and he fled the scene (in the vehicle) heading east on 13 Mile Road.”

Carter said a clerk called 911 to report the incident. Carter said the victim was uninjured and that she acted appropriately by complying with what the suspect demanded.

Moments later, multiple 911 calls came in about a vehicle that had just crashed into a home on Ferncliff Avenue, located right off 13 Mile Road.

Carter said the suspect lost control of the vehicle while traveling eastbound on 13 Mile Road, crashed through a wooden privacy fence, hit a utility pole and hit a home. While the homeowners were home at the time, Carter said they were uninjured in the incident.

He said police do not know what caused the vehicle to lose control, but that alcohol is involved.

Witnesses reported that the suspect fled southbound on Ferncliff on foot. Police set up a perimeter and utilized a police dog to track the suspect. A short time later, a clerk at an Exxon gas station at 1702 W. 13 Mile Road, at Crooks Road, reported that an injured man was inside the gas station. Carter said the suspect told the clerk that he had been “jumped.”

Responding police matched the description of the injured man to the carjacking suspect and arrested him, Carter said. At press time, he said, police were hoping to have the suspect arraigned on charges related to the crime by Dec. 9.

The suspect, Carter said Dec. 6, was being treated at Beaumont Hospital for injuries to his shoulder, neck and face. He was under police guard, Carter said.

“He had a couple warrants from other jurisdictions, one being a felony warrant for drugs, another one being a misdemeanor warrant,” Carter said. “We don’t get too many carjackings in Royal Oak. Luckily, with the quick response and good police work of the officers on the shift, we were able to make an arrest.”

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