Just hours before Detroit police officials and Mayor Dave Bing were to release homicide and other crime statistics for 2012, a 48-year-old cab driver was killed and his passenger critically injured after a shooting on Detroit’s northwest side.
Tyrone Hitchcock was killed in the early morning hours of January 3; the suspect had not been apprehended at the time of news reports. His passenger, a 46-year-old woman whose name was not released, was transported to Sinai-Grace Hospital, where she was said by staff to be in critical condition.
According to police, the suspect who allegedly shot the victims fled in the cab; it was later found abandoned on the city’s east side. Police believe that the cab driver and the shooter were arguing prior to the shooting, which occurred on Sunderland near Cambridge.
Owner of Metropolitan Cab, Nabil Faraj, told news reporters that Hitchcock was a hard working employee who had worked for Metropolitan for more than a year. He said that Hitchcock was “doing his job,” and that he was just trying to make a living. Hitchcock reportedly has a 22-year-old daughter and three grandchildren.
Statistics were released and indicated that in 2012, crimes involving murder were up 12.3% in 2012 from 2011. In 2012, 375 murders were recorded in Detroit versus 344 in 2011.
Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that Detroit is a city riddled with crime including homicide, robbery, assault, and sex crimes. However, individuals accused of any criminal offense are innocent until proven guilty, and must obtain the services of an experienced lawyer. Innocent people sit behind bars today; even if you are guilty of the crime you have been accused of, there are many defense options that may dramatically improve the outcome.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for murder, theft, or any serious offense, protect your legal rights and freedom by contacting a capable and aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. It is critical that you seek legal counsel before speaking with police.