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Posted on Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 4:20 p.m.

Man confronts teen pedestrians with handgun in Pittsfield Township

By Julie Baker

A man stopped his car to confront two teenage pedestrians with a handgun after exchanging words with them Friday afternoon in Pittsfield Township, police said.

The teens, a 17-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy who both live in Pittsfield Township, were walking on Central Boulevard near Torrey Avenue just before 3 p.m. Friday when the man passed them in his car, police said in a news release.

They apparently "had words with the suspect," which prompted him to turn around and confront them with a black handgun. He left the area without further incident, police said.

The man was driving an older model, silver, boxy car with no hood and a loud engine.

The suspect is described as a 19- to 25-year-old Asian male wearing prescription glasses and a purple and black long-sleeved shirt.

Contact Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick at 734-822-4923 if you have information.



Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 1:03 p.m.

Real warm spring like day. Probably a squirt gun!


Thu, Feb 23, 2012 : 1:14 a.m.

No matter where these young people were walking or what was said, nobody has the right to brandish a weapon and threaten people young or old. It's disheartening to hear people accuse these young people of being smart alecs and justify the perpatrators actions That is so stereotypical of society to blame it on the teenagers.. These kids could very well have been shot. It's complete and total nonsense. I hope they catch him before he actually uses that gun on someone. Oh and by the way, I dont know many people who when faced with a gun barrel pointed at them would be able to get a license plate in that moment of utter surprise and fear.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 9:03 p.m.

Oh my, make sure your kids at 17 and 15 are armed? Who really knows what all comes out of the mouth of kids? (and perhaps they were walking in the middle of the street) Reason un-known, and perhaps they were acting out, that the so called suspect felt threatened. Hopefully he had a permit to carry, at the same time glad he didn't use it. Hopefully we will get an up-date in this case.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 2:53 p.m.

How hard is it to get a license number, really.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 12:13 p.m.

Wasn't driving a Gran Torino, was he?


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 3:07 a.m.

Am I the only person that read the headline and clicked thinking I was going to read an article about 2 teenagers with a handgun that were approached by a man? Then I read the article 3 times to make sure I was reading correctly because I thought for sure the teenagers were supposed to have the gun. Usually the confusing headlines don't phase me on this site but this one really bugs me. Personally I think it would be better if it read: "Man with handgun confronts teen pedestrians in Pittsfield Township."

Frustrated in A2

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

Ditto, I had to read it twice also!!!


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 4:16 a.m.

I like the ann headlines. It's a little like the old choose your own adventure books. You never know how it's going to end up, and you can read it the way you want!

Ron Granger

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 1:56 a.m.

"confront them with a black handgun." Was it really necessary to mention the race of the handgun?


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 1:36 a.m.

When I was about 15, a few of my friends tried menacing and talking tough to random strangers. One of the men came back with a gun. It was the last time that those friends of mine pulled a stunt like that.

Paul Epstein

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 11:59 a.m.

Okay Wild West Lover, who was the real victim? Talking tough to strangers is obnoxious to a very maddening extent. But a gun ends lives. I doubt being talked to tough ends your life too often. Yeah, let's just brandish GUNS at the onset of every small conflict.


Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

I saw these two. They were walking down the middle of the street when a sidewalk was clear and open. That does not in any way justify the drivers response but the pedestrians weren't exactly being polite either

Paul Epstein

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 : 11:55 a.m.

True. And pedestrians who block roadways are pitiful nuisances. But confronting them with a gun for it? Come on. Use some sense here.


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 10:53 p.m.

All the more reason to make sure your kids are armed when they are out and about. You never know who they will run into.

Ann English

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 10:39 p.m.

Again, a residential area chosen by a crime suspect. Just yesterday, it was Armstrong Street in Ypsilanti where a crime took place, residents all around, not businesses. I would think that a car with no hood has to be driven only on days when there's no precipitation, like yesterday.

dading dont delete me bro

Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

suspect? suspect for what? confronting two minors with a handgun? or did the man with the older model, silver, boxy, loud car with no hood be the suspect? nice story.