Detroit police: 4th person held after boy’s abduction, death


DETROIT (AP) — A fourth person was arrested Friday in connection with the abduction and death of a 13-year-old Detroit boy, who was snatched off the street while riding his bike this week and whose body was later found in a vacant lot.

No charges have been filed against the 51-year-old man or three other people who have been arrested. Police are working with the Wayne County prosecutor’s office, which will make a determination about charges, Detroit police Chief James Craig told reporters at a news conference.

Police also are awaiting the results of an autopsy on the body of Deontae Mitchell, which was discovered Thursday.

He disappeared Tuesday night while riding bikes with a cousin, who told police that Deontae had picked up money dropped by a man who was urinating outside a market. Surveillance video shows Deontae being pursued by a man, who grabbed the boy by his arm and forced him into a car.

At some point after that, the man seen in the video returned to the market.

“We know it was over a certain amount of money,” Craig said, offering few other details in the case.

Police believe that man was 45-year-old Gregory Walker, who was arrested Thursday with a woman in Toledo, Ohio. Walker was being held Friday on a probation violation warrant. He was sentenced in 2013 in Michigan to two years in prison for receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle, according to state Corrections records. He also has past weapon, stolen property and drug convictions.

Another man surrendered to police and was arrested Thursday in Detroit.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Craig at the news conference, and said violent crimes — especially those involving children — are happening too often in Detroit.

“The tragedy of Deontae Mitchell has touched the hearts of all Detroiters,” Duggan said.

More than a half-dozen people contacted police with tips after news spread of Deontae’s abduction, Duggan said, which he believes shows a change in what some have called the city’s “no-snitch” mentality. People are saying “enough is enough,” Craig said. “When we see something that just doesn’t fit we should say something.”

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