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Problem Solvers help Detroit carjacking victim facing big impound fee

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By TARYN ASHER
MyFox Detroit Reporter

DETROIT (MyFox Detroit) -- It has been nearly two months since a woman was carjacked in Detroit. Police were holding her car during their investigation, then she learned the impound lot wanted her to pay hundreds of dollars to get it back, that is until the Problem Solvers were called.

"That's all. I just want my car back so I can continue on with my life and go to school and go to work," said Meisha Davis.

On July 10, Davis and her boyfriend were carjacked at a Detroit gas station.

"Two guys ran up on my boyfriend. Both of them had guns. I ran the opposite way."


That was the last time the college freshman saw her 2007 Silver Chevy Cobalt. Then a little over a week later, police found the car abandoned, but unharmed on the city's west side. It was towed to Boulevard and Trumbull Towing in Detroit. Detroit Police held it there as evidence.

"We're trying to do investigation and do fingerprints and different things like that, so I'm like okay. I still constantly (called) him about my car because I didn't want the price to raise up even more if my car was off hold."

Her grandmother, who bought the car, was helping Davis to get it back.

"Running around, nobody (seems to want) to step up and do anything about it," said Mabell McCullough.

"They never called me. I called them," Davis said.

Six weeks later, Davis learned her car was ready, but when she went to pick it up, she found out it was going to cost her $723 to get it back. And get this, all that time her car was being held for evidence running up the tab, it appears investigators forgot one key piece -- the wallet of one of the alleged carjackers with his driver's license sitting in the front seat.

"That's one of the boys who did it. Now there (were) two guys. I called the detective today, like so you... had my car on hold for a whole month saying you (were) doing investigation, and the evidence was right here on the seat," Davis explained. "What do you want us to do with the wallet? He said bring it to my tomorrow."

Davis was able to see her car, but still couldn't afford to get it back until the Problem Solvers got involved.

The manager of B&T Towing showed us the paperwork. The car was ready to be released July 27, a month ago, and said if she was a victim of a violent crime, Detroit Police pay the impound fee, something the detective neglected to include on the property release form. However, now that they know, Davis will be able to get her car back for free.

We did ask Detroit Police about this. A spokeswoman told us that they plan to look into the matter and that someone from the Criminal Investigations Bureau will contact this victim on Wednesday.

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