Suspect, person of interest sought in Detroit robbery

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A suspect and person of interest are wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a Detroit gas station last month.

A 23-year-old man was sitting in his 2015 Kia Sportage outside the Sunoco in the 21000 block of West Eight Mile at 1:35 a.m. Jan. 28 when the suspect ran up and “fired two shots,” police said in a statement. The suspect then entered through the passenger’s side and told him to “get out,” according to the release.

As the driver started to run away, another male — whom authorities called a person of interest — asked him: “What happened, bro?”

“The victim continued to run and heard three to four more shots fired,” police said. The driver was not injured, but the suspect — described as an armed African-American man wearing a black hooded sweater, black pants and brown boots — fled with his cell phone.

A photo was not available, but investigators on Friday released one they said was the person of interest. Described as African American, 19-20 years old, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium complexion, he was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, khaki cargo pants and black boots.

It wasn’t clear if that person fired shots, but investigators want to question him “to see if he has anything to do with it or has information on what happened that night,” said Officer Dan Donakowski, a spokesman for the Detroit Police Department.

Anyone with tips on either the suspect or person of interest is asked to call the Detroit Police Eighth Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5840 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK UP.