DTE worker robbed at gunpoint while guarding downed wire


JUDGE’S EYE IN REGARDS TO SOME OF THE FACEBOOK COMMENTS.>>Devin: HIGH WINDS LAST NIGHT CAUSED WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES. WE MAY HAVE JUST WATCHED ONE THERE. [LAUGHTER] DTE CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, UNFORTUNATELY, ONE OF THEM WAS ROBBED WHILE PARKED IN THE MIDDLE OF JOY ROAD ON THE WEST SIDE GUARDING A LIVE WIRE THERE. JASON COLTHORP LIVE WITH MORE. AND FOR STARTERS, WAS THE EMPLOYEE HURT?>>Jason: HE WASN’T HURT, AND HE ONLY LOST $2 IN THE WHOLE DEAL. A SCARY THING TO HAVE A GUN PUT IN YOUR FACE. I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT HE WAS GUARDING. THIS IS WHAT THE LINE LOOKED LIKE. YOU CAN SEE HOW IT WOULD BE DANGEROUS IF IT WAS LYING ON THE GROUND AND IT WAS LIVE AND NO ONE WAS GUARDING IT. AFTER HE GOT ROBBED, HE HAD TO LEAVE AND REPORT THE CRIME AND GO TO SAFETY. PTHE ROBBER CAME ALONG AND VICTIMIZED SOMEONE THERE TO PROTECT HIM AND THE ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD, ALL FOR $2. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SPOTS THE ROBBER AT 3:27 A.M. WALKING UP TO THE DTE TRUCK WHICH WAS GUARDING A DOWNED POWER LINE.>>HE JUMPED OVER THE CAUTION TAPE AND ENTER INTO AN AREA WHERE THE CONDUCTOR WAS AND COULD HA EASILY BEEN INJURED OR KILLED.>>Jason: INSTEAD, HE TAPPED ON THE WINDOW WITH HIS REVOLVER ORDERING THE EMPLOYEE OUT AND TO THE GROUND AND ROBBING HIM OF TWO WHOLE DOLLARS. AND THEN RUNS OFF IN HIS TAN PUFFY COAT WITH A HOOD. REWIND TWO MINUTES BEFORE THE ROBBERY, ANOTHER PERSON IN A GREEN COAT, POSSIBLY THE SAME GUY ASSESSING HIS TARGET?>>WE HAD A WINDSTORM AND WE’RE CREATING ANOTHER KIND OF TARGET.>>Jason: MICHAEL LYNCH, THE HEAD OF DTE SECURITY, HAS HIS TEAM ACTIVELY PURSUING THE ROBBER.>>WE’RE OUT THERE WITH REWARD FLYERS OFFERING $1,000 FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF THE PERPETRATOR AND WE’RE USUALLY SUCCESSFUL WITH THESE AND WE’LL BE RELENTLESS UNTIL WE GET THIS GUY!>>Jason: THE DTE TEAM WORKS CLOSELY WITH DETROIT POLICE WHICH REVIEWED THIS SURVEILLANCE RIGHT AFTER WE DID.>>WHEN WE CAN’T PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES, WE HAVE TO WITHDRAW, CREATING A HAZARD AND SHUTS — AND SLOWS DOWN THE RESTORATION EFFORT.>>Jason: THESE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THEY CAN’T GET POWER BACK SOONER. IF YOU’RE WONDERING HOW OFTEN IT HAPPENS. A DTE EMPLOYEE SAID HE HAD BEEN ROBBED TWICE HIMSELF. SO THEY KNOW NOT TO CARRY CASH. AND THE GUY IS STILL OUT ON THE LOOSE. BUT IF YOU HAVE A TIP, CALL DPD

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