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Police with guns drawn are looking in abandoned buildings and occupied houses for Derreck White, who was seen fleeing the federal courthouse with a deputy’s uniform before carjacking a woman in a silver Dodge minivan, which was recently recovered near Belle Isle.
“We are talking about a very dangerous suspect in the community,” Police Chief James Craig said.
Police are flooding that area as helicopters buzz overhead.
The suspect, who was in custody on a carjacking charge, is described as 5-foot-6, 155 pounds. He’s also known as Abraham Pearson.
Police also have flooded downtown and cordoned off a section of St. Antoine. The courthouse was evacuated.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said the deputy, whose injuries weren’t serious, was escorting three prisoners, which he said is a standard guard-to-inmate ratio. Using a plastic object fashioned into a knife, White overpowered the deputy and unshackled himself.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.