3 teens arrested in assault, carjacking of Uber driver in Eastpointe
Authorities are weighing whether to charge three teens as adults for allegedly attacking an Uber driver in Eastpointe this week.
Prosecutors have until Tuesday to decide, officials said.
Meanwhile, the three are currently being held at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center, Eastpointe Police Lt. Neil Childs said Thursday.
Officials are not releasing the names of the suspects because they are minors.
Police said the trio of youths is accused of assaulting and carjackingthe driver on Charles R. Street near Gratiot about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Childs said the suspects are ages 15, 14 and 14.
The teens, who were in Harper Woods, called for an Uber ride, he said. The driver transported the three to a residence in an area in Eastpointe near Gratiot and Nine Mile, the lieutenant said.
They got out of the vehicle, but one of the teens returned to the vehicle and told the driver he had left something in the back seat, police said.
Childs said the driver was helping the teen search the vehicle's rear seat and when his back was turned, the other two teens returned and began assaulting him.
The driver escaped and ran to a home's yard where the called for help, police said. The teens then drove away with the victim's vehicle.
Childs said police located the vehicle within 15 minutes in the neighboring city of Warren with help of Warren Police officers. He said he didn't know exactly where in Warren the car was located.
Authorities were able to arrest the teens after finding two of them inside the vehicle while one was hiding in a nearby house, he said.