Women kidnapped & carjacked at MotorCity Casino

Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 23:18:44-04

Detroit police are searching for suspects who robbed, kidnapped and carjacked two women at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Police say it happened Thursday around 5 a.m.

The two grandmothers were leaving the casino when they were confronted on the roof of the parking garage by a man with a gun.

He physically forced them into the car, robbed them and forced them to drive to a field near Schoolcraft on the west side of the city. 

"I thought we were going to die," says victim Janet Dupree.

The two victims, who are also sisters, were left without money in a neighborhood they didn't know. A good Samaritan helped them get to a police precinct.

Surveillance video captured the suspect hours before the robbery. He is seen having a conversation with a security guard.

The man is described as African American and about 30 to 35-years-old. He is 6 feet 1 inches with a medium complexion and a muscular build. He has a light mustache and a goatee, with a short high top fade. He also has a tattoo on his left forearm. 

He was wearing a blue shirt and jeans with white gym shoes.

Detectives with the Commercial Auto Theft division located the stolen red PT Cruiser Friday afternoon a few blocks away from the casino in the Corktown neighborhood. Police say it appeared abandoned but in good condition and it will be processed for any DNA evidence that can identify the suspect

The MotorCity Casino Hotel issued the following statement about the incident:

We take this isolated incident very seriously. Our organization is working closely with local law enforcement as they continue their investigation. The safety and security of our guests remain of the utmost importance to us.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police right away.