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Detroit Realities #684

Warren resident Darnell Boynton was honored by his city with a Civilian Citation Award for helping Police catch a double murderer. Boyton was eating dinner at a restaurant in Detroit when he spotted a man wanted by police. He called 911 and followed the man several blocks to an abandoned home where police arrested the suspect. Boyton says, “My mother always said, right plus right equals right. When you do the right things, the right things happen.”

A year after Detroit’s Q-Line streetcar rail line started, officials are disappointed in the number of customers. They expected 5,000 paying customers per day but after the initial fanfare, ridership was 2,700 per day. However, after the free trial period ended and riders actually had to pay, ridership fell an additional 40%. Like everything in Detroit, the Q-line is losing millions while it vacuums money from private, local, state, and federal sources. Yet another Detroit boondoggle to nowhere, just like the People Mover. Out of 23 streetcar rails in U.S. cities, only one isn’t a financial sinkhole, Detroit won’t likely be one of them.

Two good Samaritan’s, a doctor and high school track star stopped separately on I-96 in Detroit to help the injured from an overturned vehicle. While helping, a 17-year old crashed into the pair, killing Dr. Cynthia Ray and causing Sean English to lose his leg. The driver that hit them had THC from marijuana in his blood and was sentenced to 6-15 years. (Before sentencing, he was pulled over for a DUI which prompted the judge to give him a harsher sentence) After 8 surgeries, a prosthetic limb and non-stop physical therapy, the track star competed in his first track event, a 400M run which he was able to finish.

A man was on the phone with a 44-year-old man in his Detroit home. The first man heard shots being fired, heard the victim beg for his life, and then more shots were fired. When Police Arrived at his home, he was found dead in the kitchen. Police have no leads.

And finally, in “It is a Darwin move to be anywhere near Detroit” news,

  • In Pontiac (Detroit North), a Lyft driver is accused of raping a customer.
  • 34-year-old Kurt Eschmann is a Wayne County Telecommunications Manager. He was arrested for embezzling. He ordered $90,000 worth of cellphones and iPads which he then sold online for himself; but was caught by a regular internal audit.
  • Two brothers were arrested for attempting to rob a 7/11 on Gratiot. The cashier confused them about having to ring up a product to open the drawer and the delay allowed another customer to move to the counter, causing them to flee but were quickly caught.
  • A woman had an acquaintance in her home in Hazel Park. He pushed her down, stole her phone, cash, and debit card. As police were taking her 911 call, they received a carjacking call 1 block away, where the man stole a taxi cab. He was driving back to the woman’s home when police arrived, starting a chase until he crashed into another vehicle.
  • A man’s body was found in an arsoned vehicle in Detroit, police are investigating.
  • A 24-year-old was shot on East Larned and transported, before police arrived, to the hospital where he passed away. Detroit Police have no idea of the circumstances of his death.
  • A landlord knocked on the door of her Detroit rental. The tenant allegedly attacked the landlord with a table and the landlord then pulled out a gun and shot the tenant in the stomach. No information if either woman were arrested; the tenant is in stable condition.

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