PlayStation re-sale turns to carjacking on east side

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit police are investigating after a woman and two men tried to sell a Sony PlayStation on the east side Sunday night, but left without either the video game console or the Dodge Avenger they arrived in.

The alleged theft occurred at 8:15 p.m. on the 14000 block of Bringard — north of East State Fair, east of Schoenherr — when a 21-year-old woman and two 26-year-old men arrived to meet potential buyers of their Sony PlayStation.

A dark-blue SUV pulled up and three men, who police say were all armed, got out. They stole the PlayStation as well as the black 2010 Dodge Avenger the victims drove.

No one was hurt, and police are investigating, said Sgt. Adam Madera, a Detroit Police Department spokesman.

Sony PlayStation

On Monday, police released a description of the three suspects, all of whom were armed. The first is a black male, about 20 years old and 6 feet 2 inches tall. He had an Afro and wore all black clothes, and black gloves. The second is a black male, about 24, 5 feet 11 inches tall, about 200 pounds, with an Afro and a brown complexion. He wore “dark” clothes. The third is a black male, about 20, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds, with a brown complexion, a tapered haircut, a thin mustache, and a birthmark or scar on his left cheek. He, too, wore dark clothing.

Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to call the Commercial Auto Theft unit at 313-596-2555.

Officer Nicole Kirkwood, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman, said Detroiters looking to be safe during such exchanges can use parking lots at police stations throughout the city. There is no formal safe zone for such sales, as in some smaller suburban communities, but Kirkwood said department parking lots are fine and that exchanges could even happen inside, provided the parties get approval from a supervisor at the station.