Tuskegee Airman carjacked in Detroit; 4 teens charged
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS March 4, 2013 4:04PM
DETROIT — Four teenagers have been charged in Detroit with carjacking an 88-year-old World War II veteran who’s a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the 13- to 16-year-olds were in court Monday and ordered held on bond pending March 20 pretrial hearings before a juvenile court referee.
Jesse Rutledge tells WXYZ-TV that he was leaving an east side barber shop Saturday afternoon when one of the teens placed a gun to his head and demanded the keys to his Jeep.
The youths were arrested Sunday.
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black combat pilots who trained in Alabama during World War II. They helped pave the way for desegregation in the U.S. military. Rutledge says he was a gunner on B-25 bomber.