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. chrissy

    This is what happens when a city is going broke and the first thing they do is lay off police officers, fire dept and emts. Detroit went to *virtual police* which means they virtually do nothing!

    May 16, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      This kind of crap has been going on in Detroit when times were good. Thugs running amok.

      May 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • spurt

      yeah cuz this hasnt been going on for quite awhile.....
      what next will u claim is new today? tsa lines?

      May 17, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    Where was George Zimmerman when he needed him? He would have removed four more thugs from the streets.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Atheist

    Preacher, why did God allow this????

    May 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • xo

      He didn't. It's called free will. You and I have free will to do whatever we want. If God didn't give that to us then He would dictate our every move.

      May 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Believer

      if jesus can get crucified and the disciples beaten, jailed and stoned.... a pastor getting beaten and car-jacked is still mercy and grace! it could have been much worse.... read JOB! IT MAY ANSWER YOUR QUESTION

      May 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • spurt

      yes free will like when 'god' says treat everyone as your equal but u use your free will to treat gays like blacks of the 60's and before.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    This is what you get when Democrats bankrupt cities, states and nations. They disarm law abiding citizens, lay-off law enforcement and leave citizens to the mercy of roving bands of criminals, who have no mercy. Marvin Winans is lucky to still be alive to talk about it.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarkConnie

      Except it was the Republican administration of President Bush that caused and began the financial ruin of the cities. You do remember the President Obama SAVED the auto industry, don't you?

      May 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. muhammad

    maybe he should drive a cheaper car and donate the money to the poor,i thing jesus [pbuh] would agree,or get a donkey jesus[pbuh] had one if i remember correctly.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • spurt

      it was only a 2012 qx45 SUV.... at least it wasnt a $100k car sheesh.... a few more parishioners though and he will be able to get that too....

      May 17, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. muhammad

    did he follow the bible and give his jacket also.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Oh, thank God !

    For a second there, I thought it was Marlon Wayans who was jacked

    May 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • j

      omg- exactly what I thought – I thought it was a typo – I didn't even KNOW who this guy was.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Karma

    He does the same thing to his congregtion every day – steals from them. The MSRP of a 2012 Infiniti QX56 is about $60,000. Plus Detroit is home to the "Big 3" – what is he thinking driving an import? Karma baby!

    May 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Ha, you beat me to it!

      May 16, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    Any reason why he's driving a $60,000+ SUV in Detroit? He could have bought a $30,000 one (built by a company in Detroit) and given the rest to charity.

    May 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kam

      He gives much to charity and the Detroit community. So now- what have you done...Nothing. Right- I thought so.

      May 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • lesconyers

      Yea Steve the same reason why you might go to Mcdonald`s verses going to Morton`s steak house because he can afford it.You get it?

      May 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tabone2000

    Michigan has "stand your ground" law implemented. I guess preacher does not believe in guns...he can count his blessings he is still alive....

    May 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lesconyers

    now days driving an expensive car is telling thugs you are loaded with money,so you are a target especially in a rough city like detroit.Pastor Winan is bless to be alive and that`s what matter.Why it happen?perhaps he ignored a warning sign.The mind will tell you if something is not right or feel right.When that happens,you better make adjustment.Like leave and don`t stop.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lesconyers

    He made most of his money singing with his siblings.The Winans as i recalled were very popular in the 80`s and 90`s.That which you fear will certainly come to pass.See the book of Job.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. K3Citizen

    Why are preacher's driving around in vehicles like that?

    May 16, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Xxbobswaggerxx

    It must have been 4 white guys!

    May 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darthnormand

    Carjacking had become such an epidemic that the city of Detroit released a statement instructing people to treat red lights as 4way stops or yield signs. People blow lights all day long. It is unfortunate this happened, however, if you are in the wrong part of town, at the wrong time, with the wrong vehicle, you are the fool.

    May 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Thank you, I cannot agree with you more! Clearly you live here.

      May 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
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