Garden City Man Charged in Carjacking of Police Vehicle
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Thomas Russell Troost, 28, (DOB: 07/27/1991), of Garden City, Michigan in connection with a carjacking of a Dearborn Heights Police Department scout car.
On January 14, 2020 at approximately 5:30 a.m., Dearborn Heights Police were dispatched to a gas station in the area of West Warren Avenue and Telegraph Road in response to a call for an attempted carjacking. Upon arrival, officers discovered the defendant left the scene on foot. A Dearborn Heights police officer travelling in a department vehicle located the defendant on foot nearby on West Warren. As the defendant walked in the roadway, the officer blocked the way. It is alleged that despite repeated demands to step away, the defendant approached the vehicle, grabbed the driver side door handle, forced it open and lunged inside the vehicle in an attempt to pull the officer out of the vehicle. Several Dearborn Heights Police officers arrived and arrested the defendant at the scene.
Troost has been charged with Carjacking, Attempted Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile (UDAA), Attempted Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - Motor Vehicle and Resisting and Obstructing Arrest.*
Troost was arraigned in the afternoon on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for January 29, 2020 and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for February 5, 2020. The defendant received a $500,000 bond.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.