Suspect in man's road-rage beating death arrested, police say

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A man charged with beating a 24-year-old man to his death in what officials have described as a road rage incident was arrested Tuesday by Detroit police.

Lawrence James Davis

Lawrence Davis, 24, was charged with open murder on Friday, four days before his arrest. That arrest came eight days after the beating death of Detroiter Tyler Wingate.

Davis was arrested on the 23500 block of West Eight Mile, just went of Inkster Road, police announced on Facebook. He was transported to Detroit Detention Center.

"This suspect was taken into custody without incident," police chief James Craig said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The chief said Davis was arrested at an apartment building where he had been staying, though it was unclear for how long.

"He was moving around to different locations," Craig said, adding that police are "convinced there are others who knew where he was hiding ... and said or did nothing."

After Wingate's dark blue 2011 Buick Regal and a dark blue 2007 Chevy Impala crashed, in the area of West Davison and Livernois on Detroit's west side, the victim got out of his vehicle and was "beaten severely," so badly that medics declared him dead at the scene.  

"This victim was viciously attacked and lost his life," Craig said. "An accident. The suspect was at fault, and he then attacked the victim. It's wrong and anything like it is wrong." 

Tyler Wingate

Wingate died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, per the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

The other driver fled, but left behind the Impala.

After the Detroit Police Department publicly identified Davis as the suspect, Craig asked Davis to turn himself in, as did members of Wingate's family.

"Our heart and prayers goes out to that family but also to all the families that have been victims of tragedy," the chief said. 

White ribbons could be seen Tuesday driving down Coolidge from 11 Mile to Berkley's school complex displayed in honor of the Wingate family. Tyler Wingate graduated from Berkley High School in 2013, his family said.

Stepmother Sharlee Wingate said the family was informed of Davis' capture but declined to comment Tuesday. 

Davis is scheduled to be arraigned 10 a.m. Wednesday in 36th District Court.