Detroit — In the Motor City, sitting in a car can be hazardous to your health.
During the past five days, police have reported at least 10 carjackings, with victims including a pastor who was killed and a retired Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy.
Details about recent two incidents, which happened early Sunday, were released Tuesday by the Detroit Police Department.
A woman was sitting at a traffic light at W. Outer Drive and Fenkell at about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, when two men walked up to the vehicle, one of them brandishing a “metal object,” according to Tuesday’s Detroit Police 24-Hour Major Crime Summary Report.
The men ordered the 30-year-old woman from her 2001 Chevy Suburban, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and other personal items, and drove away with her vehicle.
About two hours later, a 46-year-old Metropolitan Cab driver was near the intersection of Wyoming and Puritan when he was approached by two armed men who stole his taxi and cash.
“Lately there’s a lot of robberies,” Metropolitan Cab owner Nabil Farak said Tuesday.
Police Chief James Craig, who said he narrowly escaped being carjacked himself, has put an emphasis on trying to stop carjackings.
Craig told a group of about 50 at an anti-carjacking rally last week that when he assumed command of the police department in July, he found that carjackings are “almost a way of life.”
Among the other 10 carjackings reported in the past five days:
■Two teens approached a 26-year-old man who was sitting in his gold 1991 Hyundai Accent in the 20000 block of Greenfield at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday. The teens announced a “hold-up” before stealing the victim’s cash and other items and driving away. The victim was not hurt, police said.
■ A 58-year-old retired Wayne County Sheriff’s deputy was walking away from an ATM at Gratiot and Lappin on the city’s east side at about 8:30 a.m. Friday, when an armed man approached and opened fire. The suspect stole the victim’s purse, which had her gun in it, police said.
■ About an hour later, at a Charter One Bank on E. Warren near Outer Drive, 62-year-old James Blade, a pastor, was shot and killed as he drove up to the banking window. Blade’s BMW, which was painted pink to support breast cancer research, was riddled with bullets. After opening fire, the shooter pulled Blade from his car, beat him with a pistol, and rummaged through his pockets, police said. The suspect escaped in a silver or gray Mercury Marquis.
■ At about 8 a.m. Thursday, Sharlonda Buckman, a 2013 Detroit News Michiganian of the Year and CEO of Detroit Parent Network, stopped at a BP gas station in the 10700 block of Jefferson to buy aspirin when an armed man forced her from her 2011 Chevrolet Traverse.
Three men who witnessed the carjacking chased the suspect. One of the men shot at the robber with his licensed firearm after the SUV sank into a Detroit River embankment near the Edison Boat Club.