Pastor Marvin Winans Carjacked at Detroit Gas Station
Here is proof that no one is immune from the violence in Detroit. It turns out pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans is the city's latest crime victim. The reverend says he was roughed up at the gas pump. Thieves robbed him and then carjacked him. They're still on the streets with his luxury SUV.
He stopped at pump number one to refuel at the Citgo at Linwood and the Davison on the city's west side. Winans, founder on Detroit's Perfecting Church, walked inside the Citgo and noticed a dozen young men in the gas station's lobby.
As Pastor Winans walked back out to pump gas, three to four of the young men followed him to the pump.
Winans told police he was suspicious, so he watched the young men as his gas tank overflowed.
"He directed his attention back to the gas pump and was turning it off. At that time, a gentleman that was here at the gas station punched him from his blind side, knocking him to the ground. When he fell to the ground, a couple more guys intervened and started punching and kicking him while he was down. They then went into his pockets and took his wallet containing approximately $200 in cash and a few other personal items," said Inspector Nick Kyriacou.
The thieves drove off with Pastor Winans' 2012 burgundy Infiniti QX56. The SUV list price is $72,000. His $40,000 Presidential Rolex was also stolen.
Winans called a friend, who drove him to seek medical treatment.
Reverend James Garrett says he's a close personal friend of Winans. Reverend Garrett came to the scene to look for clues and to try to get any information he could gain on the carjacking.
"Most of all, his life is spared. It's just God's angels protecting him and, yes, we would like to find out who did it. It is so sad that these kind of things are happening and they happen to people of this character when he's doing things to help the community, to help the state, to help the country. He has schools here. My grand kids have been attending school nine years there now."
Police are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Thank God Pastor is Okay!