Metro Detroit church reports explosion, suspect now in custody

Posted at 3:52 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 19:30:30-04

UPDATE: The suspect in this incident is now in police custody, pending charges.


Dearborn Police responded to the Church of the Divine Child on report of an explosion and malicious destruction of property on August 23. 

Officers spoke to witnesses who stated a white man walked into the chapel while prayer was taking place and threw some sort of explosive into the chapel.

The device exploded and burned a Bible, but no parishioners were injured. Investigators say the device appeared to be a commercial-grade firework.

Witnesses describe the suspect as approximately 30 to 40 years old with short dark hair. He was seen fleeing the area in a newer Cadillac four-door with silver rims and multiple stickers placed on the rear window and rear bumper.

"This assailant terrorized the parishioners inside a house of worship with a total disregard for their safety," said Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad. "I am confident, based on the surveillance footage, that someone will be able to identify the suspect or his vehicle."

Anyone with information regarding this incident can call 313-943-2241. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stopper at 1-800-SPEAKUP.