Officer attacked with claw hammer
A police officer was struck between the eyes with a claw hammer while attempting to apprehend a suspected car thief near Indiana and Morross March 9.
Police said the incident began about 4:30 a.m. when the officer noticed a 2006 Jeep Liberty with its lights off pulling out of a driveway in the 7800 block of Indiana. Knowing that Libertys frequently are stolen, the officer began to clandestinely pursue the vehicle.
But the driver soon noticed he was being followed and he and a passenger abandoned the vehicle to flee on foot. After a brief chase the officer caught up with the driver behind Senger Motors, 8551 Tireman, and attempted to arrest him, but the suspect resisted and struck the officer with the hammer.
The suspect – a 24-year-old Detroit man – was able to flee the wounded officer, but was arrested moments later after jumping a perimeter fence into the Senger Motors lot, with no way of escape. The officer suffered substantial bruising and swelling to the forehead and a cut between his eyebrows.
The passenger in the stolen vehicle managed to escape.
Buyers try to get 2-for1 deal
Two Detroit men were arrested after allegedly stealing a 1997 green Mercury Villager stopped at a red light at Ford Road and Mercury Drive during rush hour March 9.
The victims, a driver and passenger, told police that they noticed they were being followed by a green Cadillac Seville while driving near Paul and Warwick in Detroit. They said they recognized the Cadillac because the driver of the van had just sold it to one of the men who were following them.
The Cadillac continued to follow them until they came to a stop at the intersection. At that point the men in the Cadillac ran up to the van, pulled the doors open, and began punching the driver which caused both men inside the van to flee and call police.
The driver suffered a bloodied nose and mouth and was treated by emergency responders on the scene. Police recovered the vehicle at Best Buy, 16221 Ford Road, adjacent to the intersection moments later.
Both suspects – 22 and 20 years old, respectively – were subsequently arrested.
Family carjacked at Co-Op Towers
A husband, wife, and their 13-year-old son were robbed at gunpoint by two men in the parking lot of Co-Op Towers, 16660 W. Outer Drive, about 3:30 p.m. March 14.
The family said they were about to get into their unspecified model year Dodge Charger when the assailants appeared, each carrying a handgun. The men reportedly said “Give it up! Give it up!” and the 13-year-old, who had the keys to the car, gave them to the gunmen.
The suspects also demanded the husband get down to the ground and turn over his eyeglasses before they got into the Charger and fled.
The vehicle was recovered by Detroit police from a house in the 17800 block of Dresden less than an hour later, however the suspects were nowhere to be found.
Car electronics stolen
A factory radio and navigational unit were stolen from a 2008 Chrysler 300 M parked in a driveway in the 8000 block of Lochdale sometime overnight March 14.
The owner called police about 8 a.m. the following morning when she found her sunroof smashed in and the devices missing. Police said the theft destroyed the car’s dashboard.