Detroit police have 3rd suspect in Pastor Marvin Winans' carjacking

Published On: May 17 2012 12:08:52 PM EDT   Updated On: May 18 2012 05:21:54 PM EDT

The attack and carjacking of Pastor Marvin Winans at a Citgo gas station on Wednesday has resonated throughout the city.


Detroit police sources say a third suspect has been taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the carjacking of a prominent Detroit pastor and gospel singer.

The attack and carjacking of Pastor Marvin Winans at a Citgo gas station on Wednesday has resonated throughout the city.

Watch: Pastor Winans discusses carjacking

Several men pushed him to the ground, beat him and mugged him before stealing his car. Winans suffered a broken finger and cuts and bruises.

His purple 2012 Infinity QX56 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 were being questioned -- a 20-year-old and 17-year-old suspect.

Police sources say detectives believe the third suspect is the man who initiated the assault on Winans. They say he punched the pastor. Sources also say all three suspects may be members of a gang called the "Linwood Boys."

An investigation lead police to a home on Tyler Street where Winans' car keys were found. Sources say his wallet and briefcase were found in the car. The Infiniti was left behind an abandoned home on Dexter Avenue.

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 identified two suspects in a police lineup.

He said bystanders and witnesses did nothing to help him.

"No one did anything," he said.

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.

"If they carjack him, they'll carjack anybody," said Nathanial Miller, of the Detroit 300 community watch group.

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."

Some with the city say it's time to mandate all 24-hour businesses provide security to their customers.


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