A man who was carjacked at pump No. 5 watches as the carjacker drives away with his truck at the Shell station at Eight Mile Road and Livernois Street in Ferndale Aug. 6.

A man who was carjacked at pump No. 5 watches as the carjacker drives away with his truck at the Shell station at Eight Mile Road and Livernois Street in Ferndale Aug. 6.

Screenshot from video provided by Ferndale Police Department


Teen charged in Ferndale carjacking, armed robbery case

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 13, 2020

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FERNDALE —  A teenager has been arrested for allegedly committing a carjacking and armed robbery in the city of Ferndale.

Jacarie Vance, 17, of Detroit, was arrested Aug. 6 and arraigned the next day for allegedly stealing a vehicle at gunpoint at a local gas station.

According to the Ferndale Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 7:19 a.m. Aug. 6 at a Shell gas station located at 1100 W. Eight Mile Road. The victim in the case, a 62-year-old Macomb Township man, had just pulled into the station in his pickup truck.

“He arrived at the gas station, pulled up next to the gas pump, and he exited his car. As he did, he had his wallet in his hand because he was going to insert his credit card to get gas. At that time, he was approached by the suspect, who pointed a handgun at him and demanded his wallet and car keys,” said Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister, of the Ferndale Police Department.

Video surveillance footage from the gas station shows the victim at his pump. A brick column obscures the suspect in the footage; the Macomb Township man can be seen walking away from his vehicle while it drives off. The pickup was last seen driving away westbound on Eight Mile Road.

Around five hours later, Mahlmeister said, the Southfield Police Department was able to locate the vehicle.

“(The vehicle) was occupied by one male driver, who ended up being our suspect,” she said. Mahlmeister said that the handgun and the victim’s wallet were not recovered.

Vance was taken into custody and charged in the 43rd District Court with one count of armed robbery and one count of carjacking. He was given a $100,000 cash or surety bond, and he is scheduled to appear back in court at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. 

At a preliminary examination Aug. 24, a motion was made to conduct a competency evaluation for Vance. The attorney for Vance, Jeff Quas, could not be reached for comment.

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