Police blotter

Armed men steal SUV at market

A black 2006 Dodge Durango was stolen at gunpoint about 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at Baghdad Market, 15337 Warren.

The owner told police he had just exited the store and was placing some groceries on the front passenger seat when he felt something touch the back of his head. He said he heard someone say, “Don’t move or I will shoot you.”

Believing it was a friend who was joking with him, the man turned around to find a handgun pointed in his face. The suspect demanded the man’s car keys and wallet, to which the man complied.

After the suspect had the car keys, three other men appeared and all of them got into the Durango with the gunman as the driver. Two store patrons in their vehicles followed the sport utility vehicle as it fled west down Warren, but they eventually lost sight of it around the area of Moross and Southfield in Detroit.

Witnesses described the gunman as a short, skinny black man about 19 years old. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a dark blue, heavy winter coat with a fur-lined hood. The other suspect also is believed to be black man about 19 years old.

Bottle broken on dancing man’s head
A 26-year-old man was struck in the back of the head with a liquor bottle during a large melee at Maestro’s Restaurant and Lounge, 22269 Michigan, about 2 a.m. Jan. 16.

The victim told police he was dancing when an unknown Arab man attacked him. He said he didn’t have any problems with anyone at the bar that night, and didn’t know why someone would want to attack him.

Police reported the man had a 1-inch laceration on the back of his head, as well as scratches on his face. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The establishment’s owner, Ali Rizk, said he did not see the assault take place, but would save surveillance footage and provide it to police.

Dearborn Heights
Armed robber may be repeat offender

A gun-packing robber stole a cash drop box containing about $200 from Family Dollar, 3543 Beech Daly, at 8 p.m. Jan. 16.

A store employee told police he was helping a customer when the suspect walked in carrying a small black pistol. He said the robber walked behind the counter, pointed to the drop box and demanded it be opened.

When the employee told the suspect that he needed a manager to open the box, the robber became frustrated and pulled the box from its brackets underneath the sales counter. The man then fled south on Beech Daly.

The employee told police the suspect may have been the same man responsible for an armed robbery at the store in October 2009. He is described as a 25 years old, black, 5 feet 10 inches tall weighing 160 pounds. During the robbery he was wearing an all-black outfit of a knit ski cap, a scarf over his face, a hooded down jacket, jeans, boots and knit gloves.

Home care worker suspected of theft
A 60-year-old woman with severe multiple sclerosis reported that a home health care worker stole an $800 gold ring and some clothing from her house in the 27200 block of Colleen Court, about 9 p.m. Jan. 18.

The victim told police she is under constant medical supervision because of her condition. She said she confronted the worker about the theft, but the worker denied any knowledge of the missing items.

The victim also told police the worker recently was fired from her job at Kennedy Home Health Care for theft issues.