GARDEN CITY — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Thomas Russell Troost, 28, of Garden City in connection with the carjacking of a Dearborn Heights Police Department scout car.
On Jan. 14, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Dearborn Heights Police were dispatched to a gas station in the area of West Warren Avenue and Telegraph Road in response to a call about an attempted carjacking. Upon arrival, officers discovered that Troost had left the scene on foot. A Dearborn Heights police officer traveling in a department vehicle located him nearby on West Warren.
As Troost walked in the roadway, the officer blocked the way. It is alleged that despite repeated demands to step away, Troost approached the vehicle, grabbed the driver side door handle, forced it open and lunged inside the vehicle in an attempt to pull the officer out of the vehicle. Several Dearborn Heights Police officers arrived and arrested the defendant at the scene.
Troost has been charged with carjacking, attempted unlawful driving away of an automobile (UDAA), attempted receiving and concealing stolen property – motor vehicle and resisting and obstructing arrest.
Troost was arraigned in the afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights. The probable cause conference is scheduled for Jan. 29 and the preliminary examination is scheduled for Feb. 5. The defendant received a $500,000 bond.