October 03, 2013Grosse Pointe Park — Police continue to investigate a brazen robbery that took place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, on Audubon near Vernor.
According to police, a 13-year-old Park resident was skateboarding in the street when a car stopped and an unknown suspect got out and punched the young man in the stomach. He fell to the ground and the suspect grabbed his iPhone. The assailant got back in the car and fled west on Audubon.
Police responded, but were unable to locate the car. The young victim declined medical attention.
"We contacted Detroit Police immediately, with information on the car, but we don't have any solid leads," said Capt. David Loch, Grosse Pointe Park police. "The phone was deactivated by the young man's family."
The unarmed suspect is described as a black male, medium build, short hair, in his early 20s. He was driving a Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix.
"This was a very unfortunate event, and it is unusual for our city," Loch said.
He advised young people to be aware of their surroundings.
"Oftentimes the kids will have their ear buds in, listening to their music, and they may not always be aware of what is happening around them," Loch said.
He also cautioned young people to be aware that when they are wearing head phones, they are telegraphing to others they may have devices that could make them a target. Residents are also reminded to report any suspicious cars or activity to police.
Grosse Pointe Park reported five robberies in 2012.