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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Marvin Winans Attacked During Car-jacking/Robbery in Detroit - Two Suspects Identified

Yesterday afternoon, Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans was reportedly robbed and car-jacked  at a Citgo gas station in Detroit.  Pastor Winans says he felt something was wrong when he came out of the gas station’s convenience store and he noticed several men following him.

He goes on to say as he was pumping gas, at least two of them men ambushed him, and took his purple Infiniti SUV, a couple hundred dollars in cash, and his watch. In addition to robbing him, the men punched him and even ripped off his pants.

“I’m just saddened that it has come to this, This kind of nonsense just has to stop … It’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the streets. We just have to take a look at ourselves and say this has to stop. 

Thank goodness Pastor Winans only suffered minor injuries to his hand, which was noticeable during an interview with ABC news affiliate, WXYZ later that night.   Winans said he was disturbed that something like this could happen “in the middle of the afternoon,” and at first, “nobody came to help.”

Pastor Winans, who leads the 4,500-member church on Detroit’s east side, believes his attackers didn’t recognize him, “and if they did, it didn’t make much difference,” he said.

In a message to his carjackers — who still haven’t been identified — Pastor Winans said, “Your life has to be bigger than sitting in a gas station and robbing innocent people.”

UPDATE:  The city's police chief said an arrest in the carjacking and attack on prominent Detroit pastor Marvin Winans is imminent.

Godbee is holding a news conference this hour at Detroit Police headquarters on Beaubien Street near Greektown.

"We have identified two suspects, and there's a warrant sitting on the prosecutor's desk right now," Godbee said Thursday prior to the news conference. "We'll have this case closed within 24 hrs."

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