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. Duane

    How about a description of the attackers?

    May 17, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • larrydavid

      Registered Democrats.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      Why does that matters? Crime comes in all shade.

      May 17, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Thirteen percenters.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gabriel Baker

    Let's not forget that this man is a multi-platinum recording artist and has written and produced many songs. He and his family have made a fortune with their music. His money came way before him becoming a pastor, so let's not attempt to turn the victim into the suspect. I actually like this dude because he's real ad down to earth. He's not one of those holier-than-thou people. He actually helps people.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jomm

    The guy who did this is going to roit. You hit a TRUE man of GOD.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. detada

    We have to do more than just say it has to stop. We have to challenge ourselves and do something.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      invest in a .45.

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

    That is no different than what Billy Graham, Joel Oslen etc. wear and have.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Albro

    No description of the criminals? If we were to take a survey, do you suppose that most people would be willing to guess? ANONYMOUSLY, of course.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jomm

      Why does that matters? Look at the person who killed his girlfriend. If we take a survey on that, who do you suppose that most people will be willing to guess who did that crime? SO again, what is your point?

      May 17, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I would guess that they come from the 13% of the population that commits 33% off all crime in this country.

      May 17, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jomm

    So true Russ.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. hillbillynwv

    Now.....that was funny!

    May 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jomm

    Why do you call him out of name. he is pastor and also a GOSPEL SINGER who makes money? SO you think rappers, rock n roll singers, country singers can make money and wear thousands of dollars worth of stuff but a gospel singer can not wear it? Shut up.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  10. James

    Oh I'm sorry, Pastors, and anyone teraching abouyt Christ is supposed to be poor. Yet you have no problem with drug dealers who are making a change huh? BTW, How do you know how much the suit cost or if the car was bought used or anything else? I forgot thisis America, where we can keep what we earn, but not for clergy, they are supposed to have holes in their shoes, patches on the knees and ride in a yugo.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. BigRed

    At last a little good news.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. FYI

    First off, Marvin has a legacy in gospel music that covers more years than most of you have probably even been alive. His family is gospel dynasty–they all grew up in Detroit. He loves that city and does a lot for it, so it's a shame that this happened to him. He's been pastoring for years, in addition to doing tv spots for years as well, so his money has well earned from several different places. Don't speak again people you know nothing about. Though I agree that he probably shouldn't have been getting gas in that area, it's his home and he has a right to not be afraid of idiots who choose to do wrong. I'm glad he's okay.

    May 17, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. intruth23

    The gentlemen made millions of dollars along with his brothers as one of the most popular gospel groups of our time. Everyone knows the "Winans Brothers". Everything he has was earned so watch your mouth dirtbag!!!

    May 17, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Liz

    This could be a wake-up call from God too. Perhaps he needs to address these types of issues of crime and poverty (if he's not doing that already, which I'm unsure of). Saying "This has to stop" won't do anything, but he evidently has anointing, influence, and finances to fund a social justice movement to help improve the issue.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. Erika

    A lot of preachers have full-time jobs in addition to pastoring a church. Plus his family is famous and wealthy (Be Be, Ce Ce,..). They have been making music since the 80's. Don't be mad because he has money.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
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