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. Donald in CA

    I see the haters never rest. The devil is all around us.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • allaboutbuff

      The same devil that is from the Christian religion, where "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God"????? It says that in the Bible, and for a preacher to be the rich man? That's not hate, it is the Word of God.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. siris0six

    Wow......people never cease to amaze me.....this man's profession and/or religious beliefs are irrelevant.....its been reported because he's a well-known person.....thats nothing surprising....I pray he is alright and the thieves are caught.....its that simple people....quit bein stupid......

    May 17, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Odin

    the SUV starts at $60,000, also his $40,000 Rolex was taken–being a preacher in Detroit must pay well

    May 17, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Here we go AGAIN... This man is more than a pastor. If you would do your homework and know what the hell you are talking about, first you would know that Marvin Winans is a grammy award winning artist and songwriter and does not need the salary from a church. He already has plenty. But the CNN Atheist Bandwagon is all up in this story too. AMAZING... CNN you need to readdress your blogs because while Chrisitans are being portrayed as the haters and the judges EVERY single day on your website, these people are no different.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jt_flyer

      Not exactly "Jesus-like".

      May 17, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • GMAN

      That should be the secondary story....how the hell does a pastor afford a 60k car and a rolex? ...plus they get to molest people too I hear and get away with it...

      May 17, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • N8

      For one, it does seem over the top for a preacher. But now let's think about it...

      It's a 3,500 member church, so it's very large. He's a well-known music recording artist. In fact, he was that before he was a preacher. And he's been recording since the 80's. We know successful singers make decent loot.

      So stop with the non-sense please.

      The only thing he is guilty of is driving a nice car and wearing a nice watch on the wrong side of town.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Detroit is a dying town

    Who would EVER want to live in that dump of a town? Absolutely no reason to go there on vacation, absolutely no reason to work or live there. This is what happens after DECADES of union gouging the guts out of a city. Need another example? Just look over one more state to Illinois – teachers' pensions will gut that state's economy....just a matter of time. Slow motion train wreck.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • WV Gleeman

      WV has just as many unions and the economy is strong and the crime is low. Seriously, blaming unions for crime is not only stupid it's absurd.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Detroit has it all

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. The unions work with the auto companies and other businesses which has nothing to do with the fact that the last 2 mayors of Detroit stole millions of dollars and were corrupt. Please keep your ignorance to yourself

      May 17, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. You can call me ray

    the ideal prey can no longer be found in the criminal areas of detroit so the parasites are forced to feed off one another

    May 17, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Wow rich preacher...but he gives back to the community right...just after he gives a lot to himself...why arnt these people taxed?

    May 17, 2012 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      Obviously you know nothing of Marvin Winans..he was a grammy award winning singer long before he became a preacher and has made way more with his music than his preaching...

      May 17, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Ya Im sure his church doesnt offer any tax shelter incentives to the money he made as a GOSPEL singer.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson Hole

      He's taxed on his music-related revenue. He taxed on his income. The church, however, is not taxed.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Detroit is a Pit

    Pres. Obama: Hey! You can't park that crappy city in the middle of the USA!!!
    Mayor of Detroit: We're not parking it, we're abandoning it.
    Pres Obama: Oooooooohhhhhhhhh! That's okay, those welfare rats will still vote for me. Hahahahahahahahaha!

    May 17, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      {Rolls eyes}

      May 17, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. luvlar

    When CNN doesn't give a description of the attackers then you know the description of the attackers.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackson Hole

      They were black. Described as young black males wearing blue jeans and white t-shirt. Yes, we realize that this description pretty much fits every brother in Detroit.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Aezel

    Jebus must not have loved him enough.

    May 17, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Thenextstep

    LOL............. This is toooo funny.............LMAO...................

    May 17, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nick Bruiser

    Attackers not profiled for obvious reasons. Gee, wonder why that is

    May 17, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. colts67

    Nice to see the preacher supporting the local economy by drving a Infiniti QX56 !!! There is only several 1000's of auto workers that pay taxes to the city and state....I dont know of any Infiniti/ Nissan plants in Detroit??

    May 17, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lela

    How does he stand on gay marriage?

    May 17, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. pinkfloyd43

    I can remember when men of the cloth didn't have $60K cars! 2012 Infiniti QX56 must be nice.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • specter

      They shouldn't if they are living a Christan life. That money came from the people of the church and most of it should go to the poor the sick those truly in need. I bet he buys nice clothes and has an expensive house. "the word of good ain't no hustle" Malcolm X

      May 17, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. specter

    The economy sucks no matter how much they say unemployment is dropping. Detroit is especially suffering at this right now. There's two lessons here that I see, #1 wwjd... Jesus would not drive an infinity if your preacher is driving one and you're not its tome to change churches. #2 don't flaunt your excess $ in an area where people are just living day to day trying to survive.

    May 17, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
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