In an event that highlights the present state of the Motor City, a Detroit lawmaker was robbed at gunpoint in the very neighborhood he serves.
Michigan State Representative Jimmy Womack (D-7th District) was held up Sunday evening upon leaving a convenience store in the west side of the city. When the three armed men, one of which Womack knew, demanded his car keys, he refused, and refused again to start his car.
Womack told the Detroit News “I said, ‘I’m not starting the car, and I’m not giving you the car,’” going on to acknowledge that this was not the best action to take. “Your life is worth more than anything material. That was stupid. I know that.”
Fortunately the congressman was not harmed, and the gunmen chose not to steal his car, taking the nearly $300 in Womack’s shirt pocket instead.
This is the second time in three months that one of Detroit’s more well-known citizens has been robbed. Pastor and gospel artist Marvin Winans was assaulted in May by four men at a gas station. They took his car, wallet, $200, and a diamond Rolex worth $15,000. Three of the perpetrators, 20-year-olds Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, and Brian K. Young, 18, were caught and charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery, and conspiracy in June.