Pastor Marvin Winans said that he knew he was getting into a “bad situation” when he was beaten and carjacked last month at a gas station. The pastor of the Perfecting Church in Detroit identified the three assailants who attacked him: Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both from Detroit, and Brian Young, 18, of Clinton Township.
The three men are being charged with carjacking, unarmed assault and conspiracy. Pastor Winans said that he became concerned when he walked into the CITGO and saw ”10 to 12 black young men in the gas station.”
Pastor Winans said that he thought about turning around, but then decided that ”I’m not going to be afraid of us.”
Winans says that as he left the station, four men came out behind him. One of them, Givens, told Winans that gas was spilling as he filled his tank. After he finished filling up the tank, the man hit him in the eye.
“At that point, all three of them began to pummel me, striking me and pulling me away from the truck,” Winans, 54 said. “And then, when they threw me to the ground they began to kick me.”
Winans said that the men then took his $20,000 watch, the keys to his car and $250 in cash. When he got up, his car was gone and the men had left. He suffered a broken finger and said that none of the men who attacked him was the one who drove off in his SUV.
The testimony was part of a preliminary examination of the trial to determine if the men are guilty of the crimes for which they’ve been accused.