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DNA links suspect in Harper Woods crime two years later

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detectives in Harper Woods used a saliva sample from a police officer’s jacket to connect a suspect in a carjacking in Roseville to a crime in the city two years ago.

Deitrich Sanders, 19, was arraigned Septe. 23, 2015, in 32-A District Court on two felony charges: controlled substance-delivery/manufacture and assaulting a police officer.

Around 12:20 a.m. April 15, 2013, officers responded to a disturbance at a BP Gas Station at 17700 E. Eight Mile. When officers arrived they found Sanders argumentative and combative, according to police. Sanders was also allegedly carrying almost 100 individually packaged rocks of crack cocaine.

“While placing the suspect in custody, he began resisting and assaulted an officer by biting the officer’s arm through his police jacket,” police said. “The suspect was able to break free from the officer and flee the scene on foot.”

Two years later in April 2015, Sanders was arrested for allegedly using a gun to to carjack a woman in Roseville.

Harper Woods police had previously submitted a DNA sample from the officer’s jacket to the Michigan State Police crime lab for entry in the national Combined DNA Index System. Detectives got a match to Sanders after the April 2015 the incident.

Detectives interrogated Sanders and presented a warrant request to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sanders waived his preliminary examination and is being held in the Macomb County Jail on a $1 million cash bond in the Roseville carjacking incident.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for the charges in Harper Woods.