Police arrest 2 in Christmas Eve fatal carjacking

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Police have arrested two men in connection with the fatal Christmas Eve carjacking of a musician who was on his way to give presents to his children.


Detroit police this week arrested Charles Cox, 35, of Inkster. He was charged with first-degree murder and carjacking, among other crimes. Thursday night, police said Darnell Gene-Arthur Young, 18, also of Inkster, was arrested and was being held in the Detroit Detention Center. Officer Dan Donakowski did not have information on an arraignment or where the suspect was found.

Earlier Thursday, police called for tips in locating the second suspect.

“We know he’s out there and we’re asking for the public’s help,” Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Bass guitar player Anthony Tolson, 33, was killed Dec. 24 at an east-side gas station after leaving a service at the Central Baptist Church, where he performed. He was on his way to his mother’s house, where he planned to spend the night and open presents with his three children: Amber, 13, Aaron, 12, and William, 7, the next morning.

Police said Cox’s arrest resulted from tips from the public.

Three members of Tolson’s family, his mother, sister and brother attended the press conference. Sibling Michelle Tolson said the family is trying to heal.

“My brother was very talented,” she said. “He was on his way to becoming an ordained minister, like his father. He had a lot of accomplishments, but he had one more thing he wanted to do, but he wasn’t able to.”

Michelle Tolson said Christmases will likely never be the same.


“Thinking about how you were told on that day,” she said, shaking her head.

She expressed gratitude for the people who came forward.

“I’m glad the arrest was made and people were brave enough to come forward,” she said.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call Detroit Police Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260. Anonymous tips can be made by contacting Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP.


(313) 222-2134

Detroit News Staff Writers Candice Williams and Mark Hicks contributed to this report.