Woman charged in carjacking of elderly Detroit woman

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Lansing woman was arraigned Monday on a number of charges after she allegedly carjacked an elderly Detroit woman who was stuck in the snow on Friday, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Valerie Johnson, 54, has been charged with carjacking, home invasion, unlawful imprisonment, unlawful driving away of an automobile, interfering with crime reporting, and assault and battery. She appeared in 36th District Court, where she was given a $500,000 bond.

Johnson allegedly carjacked an 88-year-old woman around 4 p.m. Friday on the 12100 block of St. Mary after offering to help push the woman’s car out of the snow, according to the prosecutor’s office. With the victim in the passenger’s seat, Johnson allegedly drove to a store and later directed the elderly woman to drive back to her home.

Johnson then allegedly bound and robbed the woman before fleeing in her car.

The victim called 911 and a Detroit police investigation led to the arrest of the defendant, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Johnson is scheduled to return to court Feb. 17 for a probable cause hearing before District Court Judge Shannon Holmes.


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Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.