Preacher, singer Marvin Winans carjacked in Detroit
Pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans said he lost his wallet and his SUV in Wednesday's attack.
May 16th, 2012
08:53 PM ET

Preacher, singer Marvin Winans carjacked in Detroit

Detroit pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans, who delivered the eulogy at pop star Whitney Houston's funeral this year, was robbed and carjacked at a gas station in his home city Wednesday afternoon, CNN affiliates WXYZ and WDIV report.

Winans, pastor at Perfecting Church on Detroit's east side, had just walked out of the Detroit station's convenience store and was about to pump gas into his SUV when four men exited the store and attacked him, he told WXYZ.

The attackers kicked him and took his wallet and his purple 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV, he said. Winans suffered cuts and bruises to his face, hands and arms, and his pants were torn, WDIV reported.

“This kind of nonsense just has to stop ... it’s just the savageness of what’s happening in the streets. We just have to take a look at ourselves and say this has to stop,” he told WXYZ.

Detroit police are investigating, WXYZ reported.

Winans delivered Houston's eulogy at her February funeral in New Jersey. He also officiated at Houston's 1992 marriage to R&B singer Bobby Brown.

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  1. le

    Yeah it's easy for you to say that sitting behind a computer-geek

    May 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. shelia


    May 17, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tim Johnson

    The comments on here are 95% foolishness!! This is a horrible display of violence regardless if he's got money or is a preacher or black or white or brown!! Wake up America!! God is not pleased with us at all!!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. charlou

    Why do some on this blog have to put race into everything that happens when it concerns non whites , where are you with your lude comments when whites are killing their own kids ,parents and doing other horrific things reading some of your comments shows how small minded you are and need to look at your own life to see why you are so mesirable that you have to down grade everyone else.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      because i can walk down ninety percent of white neighborhoods in the metro detroit area and not get jumped, whereas the murder rate in detroit is the highest in the country, followed by philli, Baltimore, new orleans, (all predominantly black cities) Why don't black people pull the race card every time there is a black on black crime, when four year olds are getting murdered in drive bye shootings, but jump on the national spotlight about treyvon martin? get your communities together black people, you consistently have the worst, most violent, dangerous places to live – and its time you start to accept it and change it.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tebojockey

    On CNN, they also said he was robbed of a $15k Rolex watch. I found myself asking why any religious figure needs all these instruments of wealth. That hardly comports with what they preach!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Kenneth

      Pastor Marvin Winans is also a Gospel performer (The Winans family) and earns his finances through recording, producing and movie roles. In that regard since he is not fleecing his flock for financial gain then he should be allowed to spend his earnings on whatever he deems necessary. Why shouldn't this pastor present himself in a way that promotes accomplishment instead of relying on others? Would you feel better if he was on welfare or stealing from his congregation to perpetrate a fraud?

      May 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    What a bunch of racist, bigoted bunch of fools! Most of you posting all this negativity have no idea what ur talking about. Yes detroit is getting rough, but the majority of the ppl there have big hearts. The suburbs are beautiful. The prob is no cops!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. nagrad

    Who cares? Why is this news? People get carjacked all the time.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dunlar

    That's weird. Detroit seemed like such a nice place to live.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron Chaney

      Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

      Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. astuartgirl

    @Tebojockey Because he worships money first.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsRoyal

      And you know this personally right?

      May 18, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. Gabriel Baker

    Crime has nothing to do with the color of a person's skin. It has everything to do with the personal value of life and other people's property. I get so sick of sickos trying to bait a race war. That crap is played out. The Sharptons and Limbaughs are all old and about to croke anyway. This is so elementary. Sound like kids fighting over a crayola box. So many people need to grow up and wake up to see that the year is 2012 and not the 60s. If you grow up in a neighborhood filled with crime, there is a greater chance that you will committ a crime if you do not have the proper guidance. When it comes to race, many have been placed into financially advantaged areas before laws against racism where put into place. Let's not point the finger unless we are willing self-examine ourselves as well as the actions of our ancestors. The world is not based on race. Yours maybe and if that's the case, you live in a dark cold one with a group of ignorant people.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. TZONE

    It was reported that one of the thugs approched him talking about a career in music. Obviously they knew who this man was. And why on EARTH are you driving a $ 72 K car, with a $40 k rolex on your arm, and a louie vatton wallet in your pocket in the middle of DETROiT??????? You might as well had have been a raw steak walking around a lions den.

    May 17, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. shame

    Is this what the world have come to? I dont care if he was dressed in 100 dollar bills he was carjacked period point blank end of story. Does the value of a life determine on how much money u have in ur pocket. We sit here judging and pointing the blame on him because of what he earned. You do know pastors get a salary right? the bigger the church the bigger the salary. On top of that he was/is a recording gospel singer. He is not above everyone else. I know for a fact he helps many a people. God said what you give out He will double. So lets wipe the dollar signs out of our eyes and thank God this man is ok. If people learn to get their own instead of trying to take someone elses it would be a happier place. And I have been robbed and it is not a good feeling at all. God bless

    May 17, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Aaron Chaney: GROW SOME.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bobby Noheater

    Must be a black neighborhood.

    May 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
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