Suspect sought in 1-night crime spree in Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

In a single night last weekend, one man pulled off a series of crimes in Detroit, police say: stealing one car, breaking into another then hitting a third.

Police say that suspect was caught on camera, and investigators hope the newly released image — as well as a $1,000 reward Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering — leads to his arrest.

His caper sparked attention starting at about 1:25 a.m. Saturday, when Wayne State University police observed him standing near a black 2005 Chrysler 300 at Lafayette and Congress, authorities said.

“It was discovered that the suspect stole a backpack from inside the vehicle, which contained miscellaneous items,” Detroit police said in a statement.

The man was later seen near Macomb and Clinton in the driver’s seat of a silver GMC Yukon, police said.

“When officers initiated contact with the suspect, he fled the location in the silver Yukon, which later was discovered to be stolen,” the release read.

Undeterred, “he struck a 2013 Dodge Charger and continued without stopping” while exiting the parking lot, Crime Stoppers officials said.

The Dodge driver was not hurt, police said. Meanwhile, the suspect was spotted at a Shell gas station in the 17000 block of Harper, “where he fled from police again,” according to Crime Stoppers.

The silver Yukon has been recovered, but police are seeking tips to find the man who fled. He’s facing charges including burglary of an auto; possession of a stolen motor vehicle; fleeing and eluding.

Investigators described him as an African-American, 20-25 years old, with a medium complexion, slim build and a tattoo on his left arm. He was last seen wearing a black/white stripped hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts or has information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s 3rd Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5156 or 3rdpct@Detroitmi.gov. Anonymous tips also can be left through at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, www.1800speakup.org or texting CSM and information to CRIMES (2746370).