Teens beat, hospitalize 11-year-old
An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized after a gang beating at Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., about 10 p.m. Feb. 14.
The boy said he was waiting for a bus when an older black pickup truck and a newer model Cadillac sedan pulled up near to him. An older boy – between 16 and 18 years old – jumped out of each vehicle and began assaulting him, he said.
For about three minutes the assailants kicked and punched the boy in his head, face and stomach before fleeing. The boy suffered two chipped teeth, a swollen lip as well as several cuts, bruises and abrasions. He was taken to Henry Ford Hospital for treatment.
Police said several people near the bus stop denied seeing the incident.
However, one witness reported seeing the boy “getting into it” with two girls shortly before the attack and seeing the same girls in the suspects’ vehicles.
Suspect arrested in high-speed chase
Police arrested a 16-year-old Detroit boy for a slew of offenses after he led them on a dangerous chase through the city Feb. 10.
It began at the Golden Chicken, 13126 Warren, where police were dispatched on reports of a stolen 2006 Ford Taurus at about 4 p.m. The owner said he had left his keys in the ignition while he ran inside to pick up a carryout order and that he just saw the car speeding south on Reuter.
A patrolling officer stopped at a red light at Ford Road and Oakman noticed a car matching the description of the Taurus and attempted to pull it over.
But the car quickly accelerated to about 65 miles per hour and headed west on Ford Road until turning north onto Schaefer.
A motorist turning onto Schafer from Donaldson was hit when the Taurus ran a red light at the intersection, but the accident didn’t incapacitate the car. The suspect continued driving until he struck a patch of ice in the center lane that sent the vehicle careening into the concrete median of the nearby rail overpass.
The suspect finally was apprehended after a brief foot chase through the neighborhood. He was charged with auto theft, fleeing and eluding police, and resisting and opposing police.
Cables stolen from trailer lot
About $1,000 worth of electrical cable recently was stolen from two trailers at PLM Trailer Leasing, 26720 Van Born Road.
An employee said that about 400 feet of 1-inch-thick cable was stolen from both trailers between Feb. 9 and Feb. 14. Police said the suspect apparently used bolt cutters or a similar tool to remove the cables.
Clerk waves off cops before discovering bag missing
A clerk at Lee’s Dollar Store, 23902 Ford Road, told police everything was fine when a dispatch operator called on Feb. 12 and said two suspicious men had just been reported in the business.
It wasn’t until later that she discovered her that backpack containing $10,000 cash, as well as credit and bank cards, had been stolen.
Store surveillance video showed two men in on the theft. Both were described as roughly 25 years old, black, 5 feet 10 inches tall and thinly built. While one of the men distracted the employee, the other took the backpack from behind the checkout counter and fled undetected.