Five suspects arrested for operating a car theft gang in Detroit, Southfield and Dearborn

12 November, 2021
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Five suspects arrested for operating a car theft gang in Detroit, Southfield and Dearborn

Detroit Police Chief James White said Friday that five people suspected of running a carjacking gang have been arrested in Detroit, Southfield and Dearborn.

He said the five were arrested Tuesday in connection with at least seven car thefts in the three cities. He said the police were continuing to investigate.

During a 9:30 a.m. press conference at Public Safety Headquarters in downtown Detroit,  that the five were “engaged in a carjacking spree that terrorized the citizens of Detroit, Southfield and Dearborn.” We believe that (their operation) has been in place since September 23.”

He was joined by officials from the Detroit, Southfield, Dearborn and FBI police departments.

The Detroit police chief said the suspects ranged in age from 16 to 25. He said they apparently targeted the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Chargers and Dodge Challengers.

Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren said the shooting took place around 10:10 p.m. On Monday at a gas station in the 25,000 block of Southfield Road near Lincoln.

A 23-year-old man was putting air in the tire of his Jeep Grand Cherokee when it was stolen. He said the three involved in the crime arrived in a stolen silver Chrysler 200.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said investigators believe the same people robbed a woman on Younger Street an hour before the Southfield shooting.

He said, “They grabbed a woman by her hair and banged her on the ground.”

White thanked the FBI for its assistance in the investigation, and credited the arrests to the partnership between their three departments and the Federal Agency.


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