On September 17, two women, both grandmothers, were carjacked at Detroit’s Motor City Casino according to a recent article at Mlive.com. The women, one from Sterling Heights and one from Clinton Township, were 68 and 78 years old respectively. Their names were not mentioned in the news article.
The suspect, 49-year-old Wayne Darrell Jones, was arrested on September 21. The Wayne County Prosecutors Office said in a statement on the day Jones was arrested that he got into the vehicle with the two victims at about 5:30 a.m. on the day of the crime, pulled out a hand gun, took the women’s purses, and demanded money. He then ordered the younger of the two women to drive the car; when they reached the area of Appoline Street and Schoolcraft where a field was located, he forced the two victims out of the car and drove away. Police claim the victims were helped by a good Samaritan after walking two miles.
Jones was arrested and charged with two counts each of armed robbery, carjacking, felony firearm possession, and unlawful imprisonment. At his arraignment hearing on the 21st, bond was set at $100,000.
In the state of Michigan, an individual found guilty of carjacking could face a life prison term. Many who are charged with carjacking are also charged with kidnapping, another offense that may result in life in prison, along with fines of up to $50,000 under Michigan Penal Code 750.349. Regardless of the charges you face, if accused of carjacking you must work with an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense attorney who will protect your legal rights, explore all possible legal options, and work to obtain the best possible outcome in your case. This is a serious crime that requires serious legal representation.