Gunman Confronts Elderly Couple in Grosse Pointe Park

Grosse Pointe Park police are looking for a man accused of attempting to rob a couple at gunpoint this morning.

Grosse Pointe Park police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that occurred at approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning near Somerset and Vernor.

According to police, an elderly couple was confronted by a gunman on the street. He obtained nothing after pointing a handgun at the man and woman and ran on off on foot.

The gunman is described as a black male in his 20s, 6 feet tall, medium build and short black hair. He was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt, dark sweatpants and white tennis shoes.

At this time, police do not have a suspect in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety at 313-822-4416.

Bob Carr September 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Another crime not yet on Nixle. Probably the police just didn't want to alarm the parents... After all, if the kids at Defer Elementary were looking out the windows, they could probably have seen the crime in progress and told their parents about it when they got home!
Jason R. September 21, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Where are we supposed to go to feel safe. This community is changing in a bad way!!!!
Chris K September 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
The police can't be everywhere but the community LEADERSHIP needs to address these issues head on and organize Neighborhood Watch programs as well as utilize the War Memorial channel to alert people about what is happening and how we can assist public safety. It really is no longer a matter of how it "looks" to have signs that say the area is protected by Neighborhood Watch programs and I seriously would like to know how the "index"crime numbers look for the first nine months of 2012.
Frank K September 21, 2012 at 02:13 AM
It was reported on Nixle by the Grosse Pointe Police. It is good to see that the Park police are making an effort to inform the citizens, not.
Bradley Coopersmith September 21, 2012 at 02:45 AM
This is bull... It's only a matter of time before someone ends up shot.
Kim Long September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
I don't think GPP uses Nixle - I've never seen an alert from them. Frank K. - I believe you're talking about the OTHER robbery in GP City, not this one in the Park.
GP For Life September 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Well, I could be wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era.
GP For Life September 21, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Sounds like it could be the same guy, very similar description and similar MO. Armed assault of defenseless targets. Time to bring the pain and stand the line.
Bob Frapples September 21, 2012 at 02:33 PM
The school was on lock down for a few hours while the police looked for the guy. If the kids were looking out the windows while it was happening most of them probably would have gotten a picture of it with their cell phones and maybe helped catch that clown
Todd September 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Granted its only from news reports, but I have to agree. MO sounds the same. 14 year old girl, elderly person. I wish Raleigh would chomp that dude.
Joe MacDonald September 22, 2012 at 06:00 AM
My folks live in Shelby Township and a man was robbed at gunpoint earlier this month (4pm) while walking along Shelby Road. Crimes such as these are certainly not restricted to areas proximal to Detroit.
Bradley Coopersmith September 22, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Joe, Shelby does not border Detroit. We are too close to brush this off.
Joe MacDonald September 22, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Brad, I absolutely agree with you. A stronger police presence on GP streets is essential. I sincerely hope residents persist in their demands for a safer community and that elected officials respond accordingly. My point was that Detroit's suburbs will see increasing criminal activity unless communities increase their resilience and remain vigilant. The neighborhoods of Detroit continue to empty into the suburbs and I suspect many Eastside sububs will actually suffer the most decline in the coming years. Communities like Harper Woods, Eastpointe, Roseville, Mt. Clemens, Warren, and Clinton Township are experiencing rapid socio-economic and demographic changes.
Joe MacDonald September 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Correction: Eastside "suburbs"
Chris K September 22, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Suburbs have an advantage if they use it and that is to enact ordinances that address bad and suspicious behavior and support community values; something large cities gave up on ages ago. To date, not a single Grosse Pointe city leader or mayor or police chief has addressed community concern over two gun incidents within 5 days where our youngest and oldest have been victims. If they will ever bother to address the community, can we expect to hear more about how "index"crimes don't justify any concern or will there be a plan for action, for the community coming together to keep us safe and support what we value?
Avonlady September 23, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Most of the people living in Grosse Pointe at one time lived in Detroit, so why now is moving here from Detroit a declining thing to Grosse Pointe? I haven't heard of any reports of any new taxpaying residents committing crimes, so I would hold that opinion until you do.


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