Three suspects arrested following armed carjacking

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published November 2, 2018

HARPER WOODS — Three juvenile suspects are in custody following a carjacking that took place in Harper Woods Oct. 30.

The incident occurred at approximately 9 p.m., when a 37-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle parked in the Wayne County Community College District parking lot, located at 19305 W. Vernier St. in Harper Woods. She was approached by two suspects, one armed with a handgun, while a third suspect acted as a lookout elsewhere in the parking lot. 

The armed suspect pointed the handgun at the victim’s head and demanded her keys. The victim complied, and the two suspects drove the victim’s vehicle around a nearby college building to pick up the third suspect. A Wayne County Community College District police officer observed the suspicious activity and approached the suspects, who were still in the parking lot inside the victim’s vehicle.
The university police officer’s presence caused the suspects to exit the carjacked vehicle and flee the scene on foot. Harper Woods police officers responded immediately and set up a perimeter in search of the suspects. The two suspects who had approached the victim and carjacked her vehicle fled into Eastpointe and were apprehended by Eastpointe police officers. 

“We work closely with the Harper Woods police,” said Lt. Neil Childs, of the Eastpointe Police Department. “Since we share a border, stuff will sometimes slip through from their side to ours or vice-versa. We received information that these suspects had fled into our city. One of our cars picked them up after a call went out with their descriptions. We positively identified them as the suspects, and we recovered a weapon.”

The handgun used in the carjacking was recovered from one of the arrested suspects. The third suspect, the lookout, was not located at the time. 

The two arrested suspects are both juveniles and were placed in the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, where they will face carjacking and felony firearm charges. The third suspect has since been identified by Harper Woods detectives and was taken into custody at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Detroit. He too was transported to the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility and will be charged with carjacking and felony firearm.

“The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety thanks the Wayne County Community College District police officer for his intuition and bravery and the Eastpointe Police, St. Clair Shores Police and Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Departments for their assistance,” Harper Woods Director of Public Safety James Burke said in a press release.