August 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Detroit police: Bicycle bandit stuns victim with Taser during attempted robbery

Detroit — A 69-year-old retired Detroit police officer asked a man on a bicycle not to steal her purse because it contained her medicine, but her pleas fell on deaf ears when the bicycle bandit pulled out a Taser, shot her in the neck, and kicked her after she fell to the ground.

The incident happened at about 6:20 a.m. Monday morning near the intersection of Savannah and Charleston on the city’s east side, according to the Detroit Police 24-Hour Crime Summary Report released Tuesday.

The victim, who retired from the police force in 1996, was walking home from a nearby bus stop when a 5-foot 8-inch, 180-pound black male in his mid-20s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants rode up on a mountain bike, Detroit Police Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

“The victim said she was walking on Savannah from Woodward when the suspect approached and said, ‘Give it up,’” Moreno said. “The victim refused, stating that her medicine was in her purse.

“Then, the suspect Tased the right side of her neck. When she fell to the ground, he kicked her,” Moreno said.

The woman said she spotted a nickel-plated pistol in the suspect’s waistband, although he never produced it, Moreno said.

The man rode off with the woman’s Medicaid card, a money order for $900, and her medicine. It was unclear what kind of medicine was stolen. The woman was not seriously hurt, Moreno said, refusing treatment when an emergency unit arrived.

Moreno said Tasers are an unusual weapon for criminals.

“In the 13 years I’ve been on the department, this is only the second time I’ve seen it,” she said. “The first time was in the 4th precinct; it was a wife who used it on her husband.”

ghunter@detroitnews.com
(313) 222-2134