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Update: Three Young Men Charged in Carjacking of Pastor Marvin Winans, Inspired Him to Make a Change in Detroit

Three young men were arraigned Sunday in the assault and carjacking of popular Detroit Pastor and Gospel Singing Icon Marvin Winans.


The office of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy identified the suspects as Detroit residents Montoya Givens and Christopher Moorehead, both 20, and Brian K. Young, 18, of Macomb County’s Clinton Township. They are charged with carjacking, unarmed robbery and conspiracy, said Maria Miller, Worthy’s spokeswoman.


The charges carry up to life in prison. The men appeared in Detroit’s 36th District Court and were ordered held on $200,000 bonds. Their preliminary examinations, in which a judge decides where there’s enough evidence for the case to go to trial, are June 1.


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Winans, 54, was attacked Wednesday afternoon while pumping gas in Detroit. The robbers took his sport utility vehicle, Rolex watch, cash and credit cards.


“This is just an example of the diligence that our officers put forth when investigating criminal cases,” police Chief Ralph Godbee said in a statement Sunday.


Montoya Givens, 20, Christopher Comb, 20, & Brian K. Young, 18.


This past Sunday Pastor Winans reflected on the tragic incident by saying, “I’m just sad … to think we have reared young men to prey — P-R-E-Y — on people that they think are weaker.”

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Pastor Winans also told reporters before the service that he believes Detroit can be turned around.

The city is fixable, and it starts with the men of the city, in particular the black men,” he said. “And I … want to urge all of you men who hear me to go and get your sons. I’m not bitter. I’m not upset. I’m saddened by what has taken place. But I’m also inspired. We have to make a change in this city.”



  1. Ms. J

    May 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Glad they were caught however I hope this police diligence is for everyone and not just for “celebrities”.

  2. Donna Marsh

    May 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I pray for these boys, it is so sad, I pray that their eyes will be opened and that it will draw them to the Lord. I also agree with Pastor Winans that it is time for men to stand up and be Courageous in leading their families in the things of God. As for me and my house, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!!! It is time to launch a Holy Ghost takeover and take back EVERYTHING that the enemy has stolen and it begins with our children. Crime is rampant everywhere from Detroit to Nashville, TN and it does not discriminate and it is not a respector of persons. We as Christians have got to be about the business of our Father and that is showing people the love of Christ. I pray for change and that the Lord will shake us up and wake us up!!

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