Man arrested in attempted Bloomfield Twp. abductions

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Bloomfield Township police have arrested a man they say tried to abduct women at a shopping center on Thursday.

Bloomfield Township police have arrested a man they say tried to abduct women at a shopping center on Thursday.

After intense media coverage, the suspect — a 49 year-old Pontiac resident — turned himself into the Bloomfield Township Police Department at about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

“Further information will be released upon completion of the investigation,” police said in a statement.

Authorities said the suspect approached four people near Square Lake and Woodward on Thursday.

The man allegedly went up to a woman sitting in her vehicle about 1:30 p.m. outside the Rite Aid and offered her money, police said. He then is believed to repeated the bid with another female in a store minutes later.

No physical contact was involved in either encounter. But a 20-year-old woman told investigators she was parking her vehicle near the Qdoba restaurant around 1:45 p.m. when the man approached, “forced open the driver side door and asked her if she wanted to make $100,000,” police said in a statement. When she refused, the suspect became “more aggressive” and “attempted to forcibly remove her from her vehicle.”

The woman resisted, staying inside while the man fled to a red, full-size panel van and appeared to leave the parking lot, according to officials.

But a few minutes after she entered Qdoba for help from workers, the suspect also came inside and approached another female waiting in line, police said. He tried to lure that person out but she also rebuffed him; the man left and was last seen driving away in the red van without a license plate or rear windows, authorities said.

A second person also was inside. Investigators did not release a description, but “the Bloomfield Township Police Department has received additional reports that the suspect(s) were seen loitering in other nearby businesses in the shopping center,” according to the statement Thursday.

In a bid to generate tips from the public, investigators on Friday released a still image from surveillance video of the red cargo-style van spotted traveling on Woodward minutes before the first reported incident.