In Eastpointe Michigan, a man was forced to fight for his life as carjackers sought to take his car and any other belongings the man had.
According to Eastpointe Police and Fire Department, on December 13 in the Detroit suburb, the unthinkable happened to the owner of a 2022 Dodge Charger Hellcat. In the early morning, at 12:30 am, the man victim was parking his vehicle in his driveway when multiple suspects approached with firearms.
The victim, who is a CPL holder, was able to fend off the assailants after a short exchange of gunfire. Police then say that the suspects fled in a stolen Chevrolet Impala.
It turned out that the would-be thieves did not get away unscathed. Police said that a male who fit the description of the attackers was found shortly after, having checked into a hospital in the nearby area with a gunshot wound. The suspect fled the hospital as the police were en route, and this is where the story is picked up by Eastpointe Police and Fire Department on Facebook.
“Shortly after the exchange of gun fire, it was reported that a male, who was later identified as one of the suspects, had checked himself into a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg. As Eastpointe Detectives were in route to the hospital, the suspect had fled.
After an exhaustive investigation, Eastpointe Detectives and Eastpointe Special Investigation Unit teamed up with the Detroit Police Organized Crime Unit and tracked the stolen Impala to Clinton Township. Eastpointe Detectives worked with Clinton Township Police and located the stolen vehicle. The suspect later exited a residence and entered the vehicle. After a brief vehicle pursuit, the suspect was arrested without incident. Search warrants were executed at the residence and the stolen vehicle. Evidence of the crime was recovered. We are still working on locating the second suspect. We want to personally thank our Detroit Police and Clinton Twp. Police neighbors for their assistance.”
The suspect is identified in the post as 27-year-old Damon Lamar Currie. He is being charged with “Assault with intent to murder” and “felony firearm.” According to the post, a bond was set at $750,000.
According to the NICB, vehicle thefts have been rising in America all year. Last year, nearly one million cars were reported stolen in America.
The NICB offered the following tips to car owners who wish to see their car stay safe from thieves.
Always practice good security hygiene.
Make sure your auto policy is up to date.
Roll up your windows, lock your doors, and take the keys or fob.
Park in well-lit areas and, when possible, areas staffed by security
Park personal vehicles in a garage. If not possible, and vehicles must be parked in a driveway, consider installing motion sensor security lights. While lights may not provide complete security, it may make some thieves think twice, making them leave the area and your vehicle untouched.
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