Dearborn Resident Held at Gunpoint in Her Driveway

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A Dearborn resident told police that she was held up at gunpoint in her own driveway on Jan. 3, according to Dearborn police reports.

The woman told police that she had just gotten home from work and grocery shopping at around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and was busy unloading bags from her car into her house on the 22800 block of Sheridan.

As she stood at the back of her car, two men approached her—one brandishing a semi-automatic handgun and asking her, "Where's the money?"

The woman replied that she didn't have any money. A second man searched her pockets and got into her car, while the gun-toting suspect told her to get into the house. She did so, locking the door and proceeding to call the police.

By the time police arrived, the men were gone.

The woman said she was not sure if they took anything from her car, or which way the men went.

Dearborn police were able to identify two fresh sets of footprints in the snow, leading east toward Sussex Street. However, police were not able to trace the men any further.

The men were described as black males around the ages of 16-20, both around 5-foot-8 and with a thin build. Both were described as wearing dark clothing and black knit caps.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Note: This article was edited at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 to include a description of the suspects.

Chicago Way January 08, 2013 at 02:10 PM
If the reporting can't offer helpful specifics, it may be time for Dearborn to usher in "cop blogs" like you see in Chicago. Residents of Chicago got fed up with the Chamber of Commerce crime reporting in their violent city and began looking to blogs like Second City Cop to get descriptions of the perpetrators provided by inside sources.
Lee Jacobsen January 08, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The chicago way sounds like one approach that may work, in this instance, were the perps heavy, light, clothing, nationality, prox age, etc.? If the victim can't remember, not much can be done, however, retribution against the victim may be a factor as well, and giving out too much information prematurely may force the police's hand or plans for capture. Dearborn police are pretty savvy, I would definitely give them the lead or what information to release.
ejk January 08, 2013 at 05:45 PM
How about a description of the " Suspects"....It doesn't do much good to report a story to the citizens of Dearborn without a description. Were they Big,small,fat skinny,Black, White????? Are we being too "Politically Correct " ???
Chicago Way January 08, 2013 at 05:46 PM
The news suppression in Chicago was twofold. First, the media also owned entertainment venues like the Tribune and the Cubs, so City Hall and the media became strange bedfellows. Second, City Hall was so liberal and politically correct, that descriptions of perpetrators were withheld from the media. That was when Second City Cop and others blogs emerged to fill in the important details. According to the recent census, Chicago is 1/3 White, 1/3 Black and 1/3 Hispanic with miscellaneous less than 10%. Many police officers felt the public should be better informed about the details of criminal activity.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Hi all, this isn't Patch in cohorts with the city, I assure you. I simply forgot to add the description of the suspects as reported by the victim of this crime. It's in the article now - hope that helps!
Donna Hay January 08, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Can't win them all I guess Jessica! Does that description help anyone??
ejk January 08, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Well, Kinda......
Chicago Way January 08, 2013 at 09:44 PM
"The men were described as black males around the ages of 16-20, both around 5-foot-8 and with a thin build. Both were described as wearing dark clothing and black knit caps." Now, the neighbors in the Military and Outer Drive area have an idea of the threat.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Yes, sorry that the descriptions are not more detailed. The good news is that they did not actually steal anything from her, so hopefully this means it was a one-time thing. Please, though, call Dearborn Police if you see anyone in the neighborhood matching those descriptions - 313-943-2241 or the tip line - 313-943-3030.
Bree Jenson January 09, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Was this on January 3rd or on Tuesday? Conflicting details.
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Thursday, Jan. 3. Thanks for the catch!


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