CPL holder stops teen from stealing his car in Southfield

- A would-be car thief targets the wrong car, he thought he was close to a getaway until the gun-wielding owner showed up.

A man who we'll call Zane did not want his face shown on camera after holding a would-be car thief at gun point in his Southfield apartment complex.

"As I approached the car the car door was open, one leg was in, one leg was out," he said. "This is an MP Shield 9 mm."

He and his fiancé were coming home from the gym when police say they found 17-year-old Michael Dajuan Brown in Zane's car.

"I just ran up between the cars, pulled my weapon, put it right to his head and told him 'Don't move, drop everything you got,'" Zane said.

That included a long screwdriver Brown was allegedly using to break the ignition cylinder and start the car. Zane's fiancé called Southfield police who arrived soon after.

Investigators say Brown fessed up to the botched car theft and allegedly said he tried to steal the 15-year-old Chevrolet Cavalier because he needed a ride home.

He ended up getting a ride to jail.

"I didn't want to hurt him,  I just hope this wakes him up," Zane said. "You got a pass this time. Let's hope this changes your life."

But first he will face the music in court. The Oakland County Prosecutor has charged Brown with car theft.

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