Police hope $2K will spur tipsters in Detroit carjackings

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Detroit — Police are hoping tipsters will come forward with information on the people responsible for two daytime carjackings, the most recent Saturday afternoon.

A 19-year-old victim told police he was backing his gray 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a parking space in an apartment lot in the 1600 block of Antietam about 3:30 p.m. Saturday when an early to mid-2000 burgundy Cadillac Escalade backed into another space nearby.

A passenger in the four-door Cadillac, described as a light-complexioned black man in his late teens or early 20s in a black hoodie, light gray basketball shorts and Adidas flip flops, ran up and put a handgun to the victim's head and forced him to the ground.

A second suspect, a black man about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 250 pounds with a black hoodie with a white stripe, his face partly covered, got into the Jeep. The man with the handgun to the victim's head took his wallet, cellphone and groceries.

The two suspects sped off west on east Vernor with two other suspects who never exited the vehicle.

In another carjacking on Aug. 30 at about 6 a.m., a 31-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman told police they were in a red 2004 Jeep Cherokee at a gas station in the 15000 block of east Eight Mile Road when two armed suspects, for whom no descriptions available, took their Jeep at gunpoint, driving off with personal items inside the vehicle.

While Jeeps were stolen in the two incidents, police said they have no reason to believe the same thieves are responsible.

A $2,000 reward is offered for information leading to the people responsible in the carjackings.  Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call police or an anonymous tipline at 1 (800) 242-HEAT.