NOVI, MI – On Friday May 8th , 2020, at 11:50 p.m., Oakland County Deputies were sent on a run to the parking lot of Kroger at 14 Mile and Haggerty that ended up being investigated as an assault with a motor vehicle.
Deputies responded to the Kroger Store located at 14 Mile Rd and Haggerty Rd on the report of a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian accident. While en route to the scene, Deputies were advised by the Sheriff’s Operations Center that the incident was now being reported as a Assault with a Motor Vehicle and the suspect had fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was stopped by Officer’s from the Novi Police Department in Novi a short distance away. Deputies responded to the location and took the suspect into custody.
Upon further investigation, it was determined that a child custody dispute between the suspect and his spouse had occurred. The dispute included previous allegations of child abuse by the child’s grandfather. The child was brought to the doctor’s office for a possible concussion by the father. While the father and his child were leaving a doctor’s office, he and his child were confronted by the child’s mother and grandfather. The child ran across 14 Mile Rd. in the City of Novi to the Kroger parking lot in Commerce Township while being pursued by his mother and his grandfather. The child was trying to get away from them.
The suspect drove across the street and picked up the child. The grandfather held on to the suspect’s car as he began to drive away which forced him to the ground. The suspects spouse held on to the front of the vehicle, in the attempt to stop it, but as it slowly moved forward, she fell to the ground. The suspect then fled the scene.
The victim and her father were transported to Providence Hospital – Novi for medical treatment. Detectives arrived on scene to conduct their investigation. During the investigation it was learned that the child contacted his father last night asking to be picked up due to his Grandfather’s alleged abuse.
The alleged assault had been reported to The Detroit Police Department and to Wayne County Child Protective Services (CPS). Sheriff’s Detectives released the father pending further investigation. Children’s Protective Services authorized the release of the child to his father. Detectives are continuing with the investigation.