Man charged in carjacking at MotorCity Casino garage

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 49-year-old Redford Township man has been charged in connection with the kidnapping, carjacking and robbery of two women early Thursday morning from the MotorCity Casino parking garage.

The man is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in 36th District Court on two counts each of carjacking, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office is not releasing the man’s identity until the office confirms a magistrate has signed the warrant request, spokeswoman Maria Miller said Monday afternoon.

The man is accused of approaching a 78-year-old Clinton Township woman and a 68-year-old Sterling Heights woman around 5:30 a.m. Thursday as they were leaving the casino, Miller said. He allegedly got into their car, a red PT Cruiser, and pulled out a handgun, demanded money and took the victims’ purses. He then ordered the 68-year-old woman to begin driving.

After driving a short distance, the suspect allegedly ordered the women out of the car near a field at Schoolcraft and Appoline on the city’s west side, Miller said. He then drove away in their vehicle.

The women walked approximately two miles before meeting a good Samaritan, who helped them to safety at the Detroit police Second Precinct on Lesure near Schoolcraft and Grand River avenues.

The suspect was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at his workplace by the Detroit police Commercial Auto Theft crew, Miller said. The arrest and charges come after an investigation by Detroit police and the Michigan State Police Gaming Division.

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