Suspects charged in carjacking of 85 year-old Detroit woman

Police have charged suspects in a carjacking of an 85-year-old Detroit woman.

- Two men were charged Sunday in the carjacking of an 85-year-old woman in Detroit.

Deonte Russell and Dontonio Jones were arraigned on Sunday in a Romulus courthouse after allegedly carjacking a vehicle that an elderly grandmother was waiting in on Friday.

The men are charged with carjacking, unlawful driving away in an automobile, fleeing and alluding, concealing stolen property and resisting arrest.

The charges come after 85-year-old Mable Coates was in the passenger seat of her granddaughter's vehicle waiting for her granddaughter to return.

"He said give me that [sic] purse, get the [sic] up out of here ... I wasn't getting up fast because I can't get up fast," Coates said.

The grandmother was able to safety get out of the vehicle and was not injured in the incident.

Jones and Russell were caught after a good citizen posted the crime on Facebook live. The community went into action, and the two men were arrested after a short pursuit.

"It shows me that together we can make things happen in the city," said Tamara Smith, the woman who posted the crime on Facebook.

Jones, who said during his arraignment he lives in Ohio, and Russell, who lives in Detroit, are no strangers to crime.

The two men were also arraigned on Sunday on separate charges in connection with a carjacking of a man that took place in Detroit at a gas station in August.

Both will be back in court later in September.


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