Detroit Police find stolen car, arrest 5 carjacking suspects

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police arrested five carjacking suspects Monday after tracing a stolen car to the city's far east side.

A 19-year-old woman was taken into custody along with four teen suspects, one female and three males, police said. The five are suspected of carjacking a man around 1:30 a.m. Monday outside a gas station on the 15100 block of Houston Whittier.

The victim told police he was approached by an armed suspect while exiting a gas station. The suspect allegedly demanded the victim's personal belongings and the victim initially refused, police said. The pair began to wrestle over the suspect's gun, until the victim was struck in the face with the butt of the weapon.

The victim gave the suspect a cellphone, an unidentified amount of money, and the keys to his blue 2001 Ford Taurus, police said.

Investigators from the department's commercial auto theft unit partnered with officers from the 11th and Ninth precincts to search the area and set up surveillance, police said.

Officials found the stolen Taurus around 1:30 p.m. Monday on the 15400 block of Hazelridge, less than one mile away from the carjacking scene, police said. Two other vehicles also were discovered, both stripped.

Police obtained a search warrant on the location and recovered the Taurus, a red 2002 Pontiac, a white 1999 Chevy Suburban, and a rifle from the scene.

The five suspects were arrested at the scene, police said.

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