Victim in car accident turned robbery shares her story

- A driver and passenger were hit by a car in a parking lot - but instead of being victims they quickly became suspects.

The minor accident led to an armed robbery and Detroit police are looking for the suspects.

Surveillance video captures it all, a minor accident in the parking lot of a Coney Island on Puritan and Meyers, but before the man and woman in the SUV have time to get out and assess the damage, a gun is pulled.

"He was really adamant about going to shoot, he lifted his gun, I thought I was going to be dead," said one of the victims. "There wasn't any damage or anything, but he was already lifting his gun and we were like, 'Oh my goodness, it wasn't even that serious.'"

Afraid of retaliation, the woman who was in the passenger's seat does not want to show her face, as she recalls the moment when the man raised the weapon at her head, telling her to empty her pockets or he would shoot.

"I was really scared, I was in shock, I was just so lost for words," she said. "I couldn't believe it happened to me."

It happened just before 3 am on July 23rd. The 25-year-old man in the driver's seat was threatened next, and was also told to hand over cash. 

"I guess he felt like he didn't have enough money from my friend so he came towards me to get more money," she said. "So I gave him what I had."

The female victim then walked over to some family members in another car in the parking lot to get more, and then the suspect drove off with the money along with the woman in a blue dress who was with him.

"It's very terrible to get extorted for cash," she said. "Just enjoying your night out and something like this happens."

With the nightmare over, this victim hopes her words will encourage those who know the suspects to call in their tips.

"I'm glad to actually have my life and I hope they catch him, and that he doesn't do this again to anyone," she said.

The suspects' vehicle is a tan Toyota. Police describe the suspect with the gun as a male with a white T-short and black shorts. The female he was with, again, was wearing a blue dress. They want to speak with both of them.

Call DPD at (313) 596-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP, you never have to leave your name.
 

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