Pastor Marvin Winans, renowned gospel singer and member of the musical Winans family was beaten, robbed and carjacked at a Detroit gas station in broad daylight, city police said.
According to the Associated Press, the incident happened May 16 at about 3:20 p.m. on the city’s west side. Authorities say a group of men assaulted the pastor then drove off with his luxury SUV.
Winans, 54, told Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK-TV that he stopped at a local Citgo to refuel his vehicle when he encountered a dozen young men in the gas station’s lobby.
He explained that as he walked out to pump gas, three or four of the men followed him to the pump. After growing suspicious, he said he proceeded to watch them with a careful eye. But after briefly looking away, he said a man punched him and knocked him to the ground. Shortly thereafter, more men walked over and joined in the assault.
After they punched and kicked the pastor while he was on the ground, someone reached in his pockets and grabbed $200 in cash and took his $40,000 Presidential Rolex.
The thieves then boarded his 2012 Infinity QX56 and drove off. Police are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“This kind of nonsense just has to stop,” Winans told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. “It’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the streets. We just have to take a look at ourselves and say this has to stop.”
Winans, founder of Detroit’s Perfecting Church, was taken to an area hospital following the incident and had his left hand bandaged.
“Given the gravity of the situation, it was minor,” he told WXYZ. He added that he was disturbed that it occurred in the middle of the day and nobody came to help.
According to WXYZ, a similar incident happened in February at another Detroit gas station, in which an 86-year-old man was beaten and carjacked as others passed by and ignored the scene.
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