DETROIT, MI – Mistakes led to the demolition of a non-profit organization’s house on the west side of Detroit and no criminal charges were approved today for those misunderstandings.
On July 25th, 2018, a house in the 14560 block of Minock was purchased by Michigan State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo’s non-profit organization, “Coalition to Integrate Technology and Education”, transferred from the Detroit Land Bank (DLB).
On September 26, 2019, Rep. Gay-Dagnogo went on local news outlets to report that she was informed by a third party that the Minock house was demolished. The Detroit Police Department quickly began an investigation.
As a result of the investigation, DPD identified a 66-year-old suspect. On October 3, 2019, the suspect admitted that he demolished the house. The debris was dumped in a Waste Management landfill.
The suspect admitted he mistakenly demolished the Minock house without the owner’s permission. It appears he demolished the house due to a misunderstanding regarding whether he was being asked to give a quote or had received clearance to demolish the house.
The suspect readily admits that he “jumped the gun” and demolished the house without final confirmation that his bid was accepted. Nothing suggests anything other than negligence on the suspect’s part. For these reasons the warrant is being denied.