Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said on Thursday, Sept. 12, that a 14-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old are being held in connection with last week’s killing of Saja Aljanabi, according to The Associated Press. The 14-year-old Detroit boy was wearing a GPS tether.
Aljanabi, 29, was shot on Friday, Sept. 6 while sitting in a car in front of her family’s home near the intersection of Tireman Avenue and Bingham Street.
Dearborn police said that they believe Aljanabi’s death is connected to two other armed robberies that occurred around the same time. Another woman was robbed in Dearborn and a shot was fired at a man in separate incidents.
Chief Haddad said that Aljanabi was the second of three people who were robbed that night and that these were random victims—”totally random acts of violence in our city,” according to ClickOnDetroit.
He also said that four people were taken into custody, three people remain in custody.
“It’s a tragedy. I’ve talked to one of their parents … it’s just unfortunate. If you really want to know what comes to my mind, I think we all own failures when kids get on the wrong track like this. It’s society’s failure,” the chief said at the news conference.
The three boys are residents of Detroit, they were arrested just after 10 p.m. Their names were not released.
the 17-year-old boy is being held in jail while the 13-year-old boy and the 14-year-old boy are being held at a juvenile detention facility. Charges are expected to be announced soon, ClickOnDetroit reported.