Second Hostage Escapes Man Named 'Crazy' In 30 Hour Standoff In Detroit

One of two hostages managed to escape early on Wednesday.

WWJ News
September 16, 2020 - 8:26 am

UPDATE: Police heard the sound of several pops after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and finally breached the building to discover the suspect had killed himself. Stay with WWJ for updates.

(WWJ) Nearly 30 hours after the standoff began, Detroit police are still waiting out a situation where an armed man who fled after a traffic stop was holed up with hostages on Fenkell Street near Telegraph in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

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WWJ's Charlie Langton reported one of the hostages managed to escape yesterday when the man holding them -- known only by his street name of "Crazy" -- fell asleep. The second hostage managed to do the same after 6 a.m. today.

But the suspect is still barricaded inside with at least two weapons.

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Police are doing a really good job of waiting him out, Langton said, and the police captain on the scene delivered a message to the barricaded man.

"We want him to come out peacefully. We're not looking to hurt him. If he's watching TV today, I think our negotiators have asked him to turn the TV on. Please put your weapons down and come out with your hands up. We don't want to hurt you. We've been out here for two days almost and we don't want to see anyone else get hurt," the captain said.

The incident started around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when Redford Township Police tried to conduct a traffic stop near Telegraph and Fenkell after the man, 38, ran a red light.  The suspect took off and drove to his home on Iliad Street. He went onto the porch, and when police approached, he fired one shot. 

No officers were hit.

The man then broke a window to get into the home.  Two people, a man and a woman, were inside.

The man remains trapped in the house. His father is on the scene, pleading for his safe release: "I just hope he makes it and comes out alive." 

Detroit police negotiators say the suspect has an extensive criminal background. Chief James Craig tells WWJ the suspect is linked to a triple homicide in June.

"He acknowledged he had a mental illness," Craig says. "And had not been taking his meds." 

The relationship between the two hostages, and their connection to the suspect is unclear. 

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