Detroit Police: Marvin Winans’ Gas Station Attack Started With Music Talk

Source: Bill Laitner / Detroit Free Press

Detroit police said they don’t believe a group of young attackers knew they had targeted a prominent Detroit pastor and gospel recording artist when they beat and carjacked him Wednesday afternoon.

Marvin Winans said he was pumping gas at a Citgo station on Davison and Linwood when a young man approached and “engaged him in conversation about the music he had on the radio,” Detroit police Inspector Nick Kyriacou said.

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When the young man suddenly told Winans that gas was spilling from his tank, the minister turned toward his SUV and the young man sucker-punched him from behind and pushed him down, after which “three or four men punched and kicked him on the pavement,” Kyriacou said.

As many as 10 young men, ages 18 to 20, were in the station when Winans paid for his gasoline, and the attackers apparently followed him to his car, Kyriacou said. Winans was able to describe only the one who spoke with him: 5 feet 4, in his late teens, wearing a white T-shirt and dark jeans, police said.

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