Detroit pastor and gospel singer Marvin Winans had a suspended driver’s license and a warrant out for his arrest when he was carjacked, records show.
The Detroit News reports of state records showing that Marvin’s license was revoked on May 9 after failing to pay for two parking tickets issued in December. The state then was issued a warrant for Marvin’s arrest on March 15 for failing to appear in a Hazel Park court after being ticketed for driving with a suspended license.
Marvin also released a statement Thursday afternoon stating: "The traffic issues listed in driver’s record that was recently released was in the process of being handled prior to the Wednesday, May 16 incident.
The proof of payment and formal letter addressing the issue was submitted. I was not aware of any suspension of license due to change of address. All day-to-day correspondences are facilitated by my administrative staff. If something was a matter of great urgency they would have brought it to my attention."
The Detroit News also has reported that three men have been charged in the Marvin’s carjacking. According to police, he was on his was to Toledo when he stopped at a Detroit gas station. Four men jumped him and stole his 2012 Infiniti QX56, his wallet and a Rolex watch.
Marvin gave a eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral in New Jersey in February. He’s a Grammy-award winning gospel singer who founded the Perfecting Church in Detroit.
State records show that Marvin has been ticket 11 times for various traffic violations including speeding and disobeying a traffic signal since 2009. He has also had four license suspensions for not paying traffic tickets dating to 2006.
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