Detroit police have made a break in the carjacking case of a prominent Detroit pastor.
Police have found Pastor Marvin Winans’ stolen purple 2012 Infinity QX56.
The attack and carjacking of Winans at a Citgo gas station on Wednesday has resonated throughout the city.
Pastor Marvin Winans carjacked and…
Several men pushed him to the ground, beat him and mugged him before stealing his car. His car was found Thursday evening in west Detroit near Joy Road and Dexter Avenue.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee said a police taskforce was actively searching for the suspects. Two people are being questioned.
Police said there also was another incident at the gas station before Winans was carjacked. Police had responded to a loitering call on a group of men hanging out at the station. They may be part of what police call a carjacking gang.
Winans said bystanders and witnesses did nothing to help him.
“No one did anything,” he said.
Winans identified two suspects in a police lineup.
Meanwhile, the carjacking has residents talking.
“I think it’s ridiculous because now we don’t even respect our ministers,” said gas station customer Laurie Rigell. “This is just … I think this is the lowest we can go.”
Police were called back to the gas station at Linwood and Davison on reports that people were bragging about carjacking the pastor.
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The gas station does not have surveillance cameras. Complaints have been pouring into Local 4 about how the station owner frequently allows too many people to hang out in front of the business harassing customers.
Meanwhile, the crime has reached beyond Detroit and gained nationwide attention. But at home at the top of the city’s government, Mayor Dave Bing is reacting to one of Detroit’s most prominent people becoming such a violent crime.
“I don’t want to overreact,” Bing said. “Because this happens to many of our citizens, and because he is who he is with the personality and name recognition, we have to be careful not to overreact. We have to make sure that anytime this happens to any person we have to respond.”