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October 24, 2013
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — Too bad for a trio of alleged shoplifters that their Toyota getaway car was a rental vehicle monitored by a global positioning system tracker and remote-control kill switch.

"All three were arrested," said Stephen Poloni, City of Grosse Public safety director. "One was released. Two were arraigned."


While fleeing police on Detroit's eastside, the driver nearly ran over a City officer who shot back, Poloni said.

He wouldn't get specific.

"It's still under investigation," he said.

Arraigned Sunday, Oct. 20, in City Municipal Court on two counts of first-degree retail fraud was Cornell Hayes, 23, Detroit.

The alleged driver, Devonte Jarreau Daniels, 25, of Warren, was arraigned by video in 36th District Court Tuesday, Oct. 22, for fleeing and eluding police, obstructing justice and violating a suspended driver's license.

They are being prosecuted for being associated with an alleged shoplifting in the Village downtown district at about 1:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

"A vehicle pulled up in the middle of Kercheval," Poloni said. "Two males exited and ran into Moosejaw (Mountaineering) and stole over $1,000 worth of winter coats."

A witness got the car's license plate number before the suspects drove away.

Detective Christopher Lee traced the plate to a rental agency.

"They would not give him any information over the phone," Poloni said. "He went to the company. They had a GPS on the vehicle."

At about 3:30 p.m., Lee monitored the vehicle exiting I-94 at Harper in Detroit.

He notified the Michigan State Police, Detroit police and the City dispatcher.

"Two of our officers in two vehicles stopped the car on Harper at Wayburn in Detroit," Poloni said. "Two subjects were taken out of the car, at which time the driver accelerated, almost striking (City) Lt. Eddie Tujaka. Our officers fired two shots."

They didn't hit anyone.

The vehicle sped off.

At 3:37 p.m. Farms Officer Frank Zielinski responded to the City's request for mutual aid.

"Units were involved in a felonious assault on officers with shots fired," Zielinski said.

The suspects' vehicle was in the area of Greensboro and Haverhill on Detroit's eastside.

"We were able to stop the vehicle through a kill switch from the rental company," Poloni said. "If we'd known about that sooner, we would have done it sooner."

Police from Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, the multi-jurisdiction ACTION car theft squad, state troopers, Harper Woods and Farms "flooded the area and set up a perimeter," Zielinski said.

A witness told police he saw a man ducking between houses on Greensboro.

A Detroit K-9 team tracked the suspect to behind a house in the 10200 block.

Zielinski and a Detroit officer found him.

"(He was) hiding in a large, black city garbage can," Zielinski said.


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