Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — A passenger in a vehicle subject to a traffic stop tried to flee on foot while in possession of a loaded handgun at 1:09 a.m. July 2 on St. John Street west of Biddle Avenue.
The 21-year-old Detroit man was one of five adults in a vehicle with heavily tinted windows. When the vehicle stopped, he exited the vehicle, ignoring the police officer’s commands to stay seated inside.
A foot chase ensued, with the man abandoning a black ski mask as he ran for several blocks, jumping fences and maneuvering through alleys until police officers were finally able to apprehend him.
Deputy Police Chief Archie Hamilton said the man was likely prepared to commit a crime.
“Based on the circumstances – possession of a ski mask in the month of July, illegally concealing a loaded firearm and running from the police – a reasonable person can conclude that this individual was preparing to commit an armed robbery in the near future,” he said. “These brave officers prevented a violent crime before it had a chance to take place.”