Beaten Detroit carjacking suspect faces charges

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — A carjacking suspect whose arrest by a multi-police task force drew outrage after a video surfaced showing the man being beaten is now facing criminal charges in the case.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy on Thursday charged Andrew Jackson in connection with the carjacking and robbery of a woman and her grandchildren at gunpoint earlier this month in Detroit.

Authorities said Jackson carjacked the family around 1:45 p.m. Jan. 12 on Plainview near Evergreen.

The woman, whom prosecutors identified as Phyllis Knox, 55, of Detroit was cleaning snow from her car while her young grandsons were inside the vehicle.

Jackson allegedly approached the woman and robbed her at gunpoint of personal items and her vehicle. He allegedly pointed the gun at the children during the incident and threatened to shoot them if they did not get out of the car.

An investigation by the A.C.T.I.O.N. Auto Theft Task Force led to the arrest Jackson on the same day. During the arrest, an officer was seen on a video taken by a resident in the area kicking and punching Jackson as he lay on the snowy sidewalk.

The video has drawn outrage around Metro Detroit. An investigation into the arrest and apprehension of Jackson has been submitted to the Michigan State Police and is under way.

Jackson has been charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed, felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful driving away of an automobile, resisting and obstructing, and felony firearm.

His arraignment date and time will be announced later by the prosecutor's office.

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