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Domestic violence victim has car set on fire, fears for her life

A Wayne State University student found her car set on fire on Detroit’s east side. Renee Brown believes it was no accident and she is afraid for her life.

A high school relationship gone bad, to the point that this 20-year-old Detroit woman says she had to go to the hospital because of the physical abuse she experienced from her then boyfriend. Renee Brown says she finally filed a police report and broke up with her 23-year-old boyfriend in August. But the abuse and threats continued, from him and even his new girlfriend.

Then in the early morning hours of Nov. 2, she walked out her door to find her car set on fire, the gas can was still sitting beside it. She called Detroit police who arrived, but she wasn’t pleased with the response. Detroit police do confirm they are investigating and this case has been handed over to a domestic violence investigator. Police say an officer said to make sure she made a police report and file the PPO. They say it isn’t the only way to handle it. It starts a paper trail so the law can be enforced. And that’s what she fears the most. Police admit it’s a flawed process but say victims like Brown need to report every crime against them so the case can be investigated and prosecuted. Or the judge reviews the violations of the personal protection order and orders an arrest.

The only other way is if the attacker is caught in the act.. But this Wayne State University student, who is studying to be a nurse one day, fears by then it may be too late.

“I shouldn’t have to live my life in fear,” Brown said. “I’m in school it’s too much, too much for me.”

Police hope video of missing Chelsea Bruck and public’s help yield clues

It’s been 10 days since Chelsea Bruck’s disappearance at a Halloween party in Frenchtown Township. Now the Monroe Sheriff’s Department asks the public for additional help giving Fox 2 a first-hand look at a new video hoping it would provide clues. Volunteers have been coming and going from an old bank in Newport which has become a search party headquarters.

As they try to canvass the area, investigators hope a new video will spark a break in the case for the 22-year-old, who was last seen dressed in a Poison Ivy costume. Twice a year in June and on Halloween, hundreds would attend a party on Post Road in Newport. That includes Chelsea Bruck seen here in this music video shot at the same location over summer, wearing a white shirt and black pants. The video was taken at a party this past June. the Monroe sheriff says 150-200 people were there that night.

It was a small gathering compared to what was happening on Oct. 26, when Bruck disappeared from the Halloween party at the same home. The number of people coupled with the drugs and alcohol consumed, only complicate the search for answers. They know Bruck was drinking at the party and was seen talking with a man matching the description of a young man with shaggy dark hair and glasses depicted in a sketch which circulated recently. But she didn’t appear from witnesses to be afraid or in danger.

They aren’t the only ones searching. The family is thankful for help but wishing it was no longer needed. About 50 volunteers meet at an old bank in Newport. Strangers, family and friends, searching on their own. The family much like investigators simply want the truth. Detectives say they want to see all pictures and video from the Halloween party at this home on Post Road. Anyone with information should contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office at (734) 240-7700.

Eastpointe police search for missing teen Jordan Brooks

Sixteen-year-old Jordan Brooks disappeared on Halloween and her family is worried she could be in danger. Jordan is 5 feet, 10 inches with brown eyes and blonde highlights. She was last seen in Eastpointe and frequented the New Haven or St. Clair Shores areas. Jordan left her cellphone and belongings behind and has not shown up for work or classes at Roseville High School.

Brooks said the last time she saw Jordan, her daughter left the house on Halloween in the middle of the night. Brooks says Jordan was a good student but changed when she met her 16-year-old boyfriend nearly two years ago. She said Jordan got into drugs and ran away once before. Brooks believes this is why Jordan’s disappearance isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

Eastpointe police is not commenting on the case but family and friends say they haven’t heard from Jordan and worry her boyfriend may be why. Brooks says Jordan and her boyfriend were spotted walking along Gratiot, near Macomb mall Saturday, and have been known to hang out in this area. But she hasn’t been seen since. A disturbing conversation recording was found in Jordan’s phone between her boyfriend and a friend of his from the day she went missing, is adding to her mother’s fears.

Posting flyers and praying for a phone call from her daughter – or even a sign that she is alive, Brooks hopes someone out there knows where she is and will come forward and call police. Anyone with information should call Eastpointe police at (586) 445-5100.

Police at scene of barricaded gunman in Inkster

Police in Inkster have resolved a barricaded gunman situation that may have started when a police raid went awry. The area of Beech Daly and Colgate on the Dearborn Heights border was blocked off for several hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Police tell Local 4 that this started when officers from the Westland Police Department were approaching a home to do a drug bust. Shots were fired and a shootout with cops entailed. No one was hurt in the fire fight. Three people were taken into custody. Police believed one other person was inside the home. Some neighbors were told to evacuate, others were told to take shelter.

Police situation with barricaded gunman in Taylor

Police have surrounded a home in taylor because of a barricaded gunman. The situation is in the area of Beech Daly and Colgate. The police chief tells Local 4 that this is an active shooter, which means shots have been fired.

The SWAT team is there and is working to resolve this situation peacefully.

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Digital Producer of The Morning Heat and Sports Editor of Radio One Detroit

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