Deputies: 2 armed carjackings in Kzoo Co. over weekend

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for three suspects in connection to two armed carjacking cases in Kalamazoo County over the weekend.

In the first case, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday authorities were called for a report of a carjacking at Bronco Liquor store on W. KL Avenue near Drake Road in Oshtemo Township, west of Kalamazoo.

The victim, a 32-year-old man, was forced at gunpoint to drive the suspect a few blocks away. When they arrived at the location, a second suspect appeared then they stole the victim’s car, cellphone and wallet. The victim was not injured, according to a KCSO news release.

Both suspects were described as around 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds. They were last seen wearing black hooded sweatshirts, the release said.

In the second case, the sheriff’s office said around 10 p.m. Sunday authorities were called for a report of a carjacking on Redcoat Lane in the Colonial Manor mobile home park off KL Avenue in Osthemo Township.

“I couldn’t believe it because nothing happens around here really,” said John Williams, who lives the neighborhood of the second carjacking. “I’ve forgotten the keys in my car plenty of times and it’s still here in the morning.”

The victim told deputies two suspects, one armed with a handgun, approached him. The suspects stole his wallet and cellphone then drove away in the victim’s car. The victim was not injured, according to a KCSO news release.

“I grew up in the country,” Williams said. “I know how to defend myself. And if somebody’s going to jack my car, I’m just going to run out with them.”

Two of the suspects are described as men in their mid-20s and between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a thin build. They were both said to be wearing hooded sweatshirts.

The third suspect was described to be in his early 20s, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a leopard-print jacket, gray sweatpants and a white cloth mask.

The sheriff’s office believes that the two cases are related because the victims’ descriptions for one of the suspects is identical.

“I’m confident that we’ll get a lead or a tip on who these people are we’ll apprehend and prosecute them at some point,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken said.

The stolen cars include a 2005 Ford Taurus and 2008 Ford Fusion.

Anyone with information or who may have witnessed either incident is asked to call KCSO at 269.383.8748 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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