Trial date set for Detroit carjacking suspect

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 51-year-old man charged with carjacking a grandmother and her young grandsons in January was arraigned Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Andrew Jackson’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty for him at his arraignment on information before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway.

Jackson's trial date has been set for June 8.

Jackson’s arrest following the carjacking on the city’s west side led to police punching and kicking him as he was pinned to a snowy sidewalk.

During a preliminary examination on the incident last week, Jackson blurted out in court “I’m not a carjacker.”

But the grandmother, Phyllis Knox, said Jackson is the man who carjacked her at gunpoint.

“He was right up close and personal,” she said of the terrifying ordeal. “I got a great look at him.”

Jackson was bound over last week 36th District Judge Michael Wagner to stand trial in the case. He’s being held in the Wayne County Jail.

Knox, along with her young grandsons who were in her vehicle, are expected to testify in the trial, which is expected to be three days.

Jackson’s violent arrest by police in January was captured on a cellphone and created an outcry over perceived police brutality. Jackson was kicked several times while on the ground following the arrest as police yelled at him.

Jackson filed a civil lawsuit in February against the officers, seeking more than $1 million in damages and claiming his constitutional rights were violated.

Knox was cleaning snow from her car as her young grandsons sat in her vehicle when the suspect came up and pulled a gun on her demanding her car around 7:45 a.m. Jan. 12 at Plainview and Evergreen.

The grandmother testified Jackson came around to her left side and said: “I’m robbing you. I want the keys to your car.”

Knox said: “I was begging him not to take my purse because I had medication in my purse. He said, ‘You don’t understand, you’re getting robbed, b-----.’”

The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said an independent investigation into the conduct and actions of the police officers who arrested Jackson is ongoing.

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