New Details in Attempted Carjacking in East Lansing

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 11:44 am
Jessy Gregg

Police still have no leads in the carjacking attempt at the Marathon Gas Station at the corner of Saginaw Street and Abbot Road this past Saturday, December 8.

A suspect armed with a long metal object, which could have been a crowbar, approached a woman pumping gas and demanded that she give him her car keys. According to Deputy Police Chief Steve Gonzalez from the East Lansing Police Department, the woman, a 22-year-old from South Haven, hit the panic button on her car remote, alerting a bystander to the fact that she was being threatened.

A 58-year-old resident of East Lansing came to the victim’s assistance. Gonzalez told ELi in a phone interview that the suspect then attempted to get into that man’s vehicle before fleeing on foot into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Gonzalez estimated that only 3-5 minutes elapsed between the call to 911 and the time an officer arrived on the scene. A K9 track of the suspect was unsuccessful.

East Lansing Police ask that anyone in the area on that night report anything they witnessed that was unusual or suspicious, even if it seemed insignificant at the time.

“Any small piece, even if it might not sound germane to the case, could be a piece of the puzzle,” Gonzalez emphasized.

The Nixle alert sent out on the night of the incident described the suspect of a male of undetermined race, approximately 200 pounds, wearing dark clothing. Anyone with any information to share can contact the ELPD through the non-emergency contact number 517-351-4220.


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