Royal Oak police arrest Southfield carjacking suspect

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published January 12, 2021




ROYAL OAK — At approximately 1:40 a.m. Dec. 19, a Royal Oak police officer in the area of 14 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway observed a vehicle matching the description of one involved in a carjacking that had occurred earlier in Southfield.

The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver fled from the officer at a high rate of speed on westbound 14 Mile, ultimately bailing out of the vehicle — a blue 2007 Saab — and fleeing on foot.

Sgt. Richard Millard, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said the carjacking had taken place hours earlier and the Royal Oak police officer then matched the stolen vehicle’s license plate with a be-on-the-lookout notice.

“The actual pursuit was outside of Royal Oak in Beverly Hills,” Millard said. “He went westbound, blew a stop sign at Birmingham Boulevard, then ran through a flashing red signal at Southfield Road, and shortly after opened the driver’s door and jumped out while the vehicle was still in motion.”

He said the posted speed limit in the residential area was 25 mph.

Sometime later, police located the suspect — with the aid of K-9 Jesse — reportedly hiding under a vehicle in a garage in a residential area in Beverly Hills. Police arrested Andre Clifford Jacobs, 57, of Southfield, for fleeing and eluding, possession of a stolen vehicle, and a felony warrant from another jurisdiction, according to the police report.

Millard said the homeowner was home at the time and provided a statement to police. Millard added that Jacobs was taken into custody without incident.

Millard said the door to the garage had been left unlocked.

“This was another good example of so many things that can happen when you leave doors unlocked,” he said. “These criminals look for opportunities.”

On Dec. 21, 44th District Court Magistrate Nancy Orletski arraigned Jacobs on one count of stolen property — receiving and concealing a motor vehicle, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; one count of third-degree fleeing and eluding, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison; and one count of obstructing police, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Orletski set Jacobs’ bond at $15,000 cash or surety, 10%.

On Dec. 28, the district court bound over Jacobs to the Oakland County Circuit Court as charged and maintained bond.

On Jan. 4, the prosecution sought to add a subsequent felony charge, and on Jan. 5, the court lodged defense attorney Robert Zivian’s by-mail arraignment for Jacobs for the stolen property and fleeing and eluding charges. As of press time, the matter had not been scheduled for a pretrial conference.

Jacobs has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions for felony weapons offense, felony breaking and entering, felony stolen property, felony home invasion, felony larceny in a building, and felony dangerous drugs, according to the Royal Oak Police Department.

When reached by phone, Zivian said he did not wish to comment on the case.