By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck police have apparently busted a carjacking network.
Last week two carjackings occurred involving three armed suspects. On Wednesday an auto theft unit called C.O.B.R.A. (Communities Opting to Beat Rising Auto theft) involving officers from Hamtramck, Highland Park and Ecorse arrested “multiple” individuals connected with the carjackings.
Acting Police Chief Anne Moise said the names of the suspects and other details can’t be released yet because it is an ongoing investigation.
But she was able to say this about the arrests:
“After a failed attempt by suspects to elude officers in a brief pursuit, suspects fled the vehicle on foot. Suspects attempted to evade the police by committing a home invasion in the City of Detroit but were unsuccessful. Officers arrested all suspects involved, and recovered weapons and the two vehicles from the initial carjacking cases. One vehicle used in conjunction with the carjackings was also recovered.”
The C.O.B.R.A. team has made a number of other arrests lately in the city.
One of the carjackings occurred at 11:30 p.m. at Conant and Caniff, in which the suspects intentionally bumped a driver with their car. The driver pulled over, apparently thinking it was a legitimate accident, and was then pulled out of the car by three men and pistol-whipped.
The suspects drove off in his car – a 1999 Toyota Corolla.
Moise added that charges are being sought through the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.