An off-duty Detroit police officer was robbed while lying on the
ground wounded after a hit-and-run crash on Saturday, according to
Local 4 reports.
Officer Wiley Stewart was driving home from
work on his motorcycle when a car driven by Mack Howell, 43, pulled
out in front of him at Edwin and Mt. Elliot streets, police said.
Police said Howell briefly stopped and checked the damage to
his vehicle before fleeing the scene.
"In fact, (Howell)
tried to get someone to help him open the hood of his car, which was
damaged in the collision, by offering him a beer in return," said
Cmdr. Craig Schwartz, of the Detroit Police Department.
Tyrone Lavington, who lives in the area, called 911 after
spotting Stewart lying in a field, wounded.
"He was praying
to the Lord, saying, 'My God. My God. Don't let me die,'" said
Stewart's leg was amputated in the crash.
"His leg was just gone. The knee was out," said Lavington.
Police said when some Good Samaritans went to grab towels to
assist Stewart, Timothy Jenkins, 20, approached the critically
wounded officer and stole his gun and other items.
officer lost over 65 percent of his blood and for someone's concern
to be stealing property at that point is almost beyond belief," said
With the help of witnesses, police arrested Howell
and Jenkins and recovered the officer's weapon.
Both men were
arraigned Monday afternoon on several charges.
taken to a local hospital where he's expected to recover.
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