Woman charged in Detroit carjacking

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 47-year-old woman was charged Thursday in the armed robbery and carjacking of a 74-year-old woman who reportedly was trying to be a good Samaritan earlier this week, prosecutor said.

Lawanda Hampton allegedly asked the elderly woman for a ride home around 10:15 a.m. Sunday near East Canfield and Moran on the city’s east side, according to a release from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Once in the car, Hampton allegedly said she needed to use the bathroom. After getting out of the car, Hampton pointed a gun at the woman’s head, according to the statement. The victim jumped out of the car in fear that she was going to be shot.

Hampton then drove away in the woman’s car. Police arrested Hampton on Tuesday.

She was arraigned Thursday in 36th District Court and was given a $250,000 cash/surety bond. She next will be in court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3 for a probable cause hearing and 9 a.m. Nov. 9 for her preliminary examination. Both hearings are before Judge Kenneth King.


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