Attention Readers: Find Us in Your Mailbox Soon
With the coronavirus stats going in the right direction, all of us at C&G Newspapers look forward to resuming publication of the St. Clair Shores Sentinel and Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle on May 27th. All other C&G newspapers will begin publishing on June 10th (Advertiser-Times on June 24th). In the meantime, continue to find local news on our website and look for us on Facebook and Twitter.
 James Harbaugh was allegedly assaulted by a male passenger before he was fatally run down. A suspect remained at large April 22.

James Harbaugh was allegedly assaulted by a male passenger before he was fatally run down. A suspect remained at large April 22.

Photo provided by Warren police


Suspect charged after man assaulted, run down and killed

Second suspect remains at large

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 22, 2020

 Warren police said a 30-year-old man was struck by a white Ford Crown Victoria on Cyman Avenue at 9:45 p.m. April 16. The vehicle was later located less than two miles away by a Warren patrol officer.

Warren police said a 30-year-old man was struck by a white Ford Crown Victoria on Cyman Avenue at 9:45 p.m. April 16. The vehicle was later located less than two miles away by a Warren patrol officer.

Photo provided by Warren police

 Jamaris Tayron Wells

Jamaris Tayron Wells

“It was a senseless vehicular homicide. The victim was a father. He was concerned about the safety of his children and also his neighbors. He did what he had to do, and he gave his life protecting his family and his neighbors.”

William Dwyer, Warren Police Commissioner

WARREN — Police said a man was assaulted and then fatally run down after he confronted a vehicle reportedly speeding down his Warren residential street. 

James Russell Harbaugh, 30, was physically assaulted by a male passenger of a whilte Ford Crown Victoria and then run down on Cyman Avenue at about 9:45 p.m. April 16. The incident, near Toepfer and Mound roads, was reportedly captured on a neighbor’s surveillance video.

The driver, 32-year-old Jamaris Tayron Wells of Chesterfield Township, was arraigned in the 37th District Court on April 20 on a list of charges, including homicide in the first degree.

The passenger remained at large as of the morning of April 22.

“It was a senseless vehicular homicide,” Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said. “The victim was a father. He was concerned about the safety of his children and also his neighbors. He did what he had to do, and he gave his life protecting his family and his neighbors.”

According to Warren police, Harbaugh was walking down Cyman north of Toepfer when he observed the Crown Victoria traveling at high speed. He reportedly threw up his arms in objection and motioned for the driver to slow down as the vehicle passed him. 

“When he apparently motioned for the vehicle to slow down, he (Wells) made a U-turn and came back,” Dwyer said. “The passenger got out. A physical altercation took place. The passenger got (back) in (the vehicle).”

After that, Dwyer said Harbaugh went into the roadway and was run down by the driver. He reportedly went over the top of the vehicle and landed on the pavement. He reportedly died later at the hospital.  

A search for the Crown Victoria and its occupants ensued. It was located by a Warren Police Department patrol officer at about 6 a.m. on April 18. Dwyer said officer Nicholas Tate was 10 hours into his 12-hour shift when he spotted the vehicle in the driveway of a home in the 8000 block of Ford Avene, less than two miles away. According to a media release, the vehicle’s windshield appeared to have been replaced. Warren detectives identified Wells as the driver and took him into custody.

Wells remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $500,000 following his arraignment April 20 before Judge Matthew Sabaugh. He was next scheduled to appear before Judge John Chmura on April 30. His attorney, Coral Watt, according to court records, could not be reached for comment.