Suspect sought in Detroit armed robbery, assault

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Even after nearly stumbling backward and pushing past a chair, the suspect never lowered or stopped pointing his gun in the Detroit auto scrap yard building.

But a camera filmed the man accused of robbing the business in the 11400 block of Schaefer on the city’s west side early Friday then assaulting someone there. Now, investigators hope that footage leads to tips and his arrest.

The suspect allegedly entered at about 8:15 a.m., posed as a patron and requested to use the restroom, police said in a statement.

When he left, “the suspect retrieved a shotgun that was leaning against a counter in the business, and pointed it at the victim, demanding money,” the notice read.

A brief video clip authorities released Friday showed the suspect, surrounded by an array of parts, aiming his weapon at the other man then repeatedly gesturing.

The other man apparently refused to comply, at which point the suspect “struck the victim in the head with the gun,” police said. “As the victim attempted to fight him off, the suspect retreated and pulled the trigger. Thankfully, the gun did not fire.”

The suspect fled the scene on foot with the firearm, police said. He is described as an African-American, about 45 years old, 5-foot-8, 270 pounds, with brown eyes, last seen wearing a black baseball hat with a red logo, black quilted jacket, and a dark blue/gray mechanic uniform.

The victim suffered lacerations to his head; he was treated at a local hospital then released, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect, knows his whereabouts or has information is asked to call DPD 2nd Precinct Detectives at (313) 596-5240 or (313) 596-5231. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.