Detroit, MI- Detroit has a reputation for its crime and random shooting, but this recent incident has a gas station attendant facing murder. What was said to have been a simply disagreement over the price of a box of condoms left one man dead and another facing murder charges.
The victim, Michael Haynes II, 24, of Detroit, allegedly paid $9 for condoms. He wanted five and only received three, so he then demanded a refund. Words were exchanged. Haynes pushed over shelves of merchandise, and Saleh emerged from behind bullet-proof glass and shot him in the back.
Ibrahim Kassim Saleh, 23, of Dearborn, now faces up to life in prison if convicted of killing Michael Haynes II, 24, of Detroit, about 12:45 a.m. Saturday at a BP station at Meyers and Fenkell on the west side.
Haynes was placed in a car by his friend, , 24, who was waiting for him outside the gas station. Williams rushed Haynes to Sinai-Grace Hospital. At a news conference Tuesday, family members claimed security guards pepper-sprayed Williams when they arrived at the wrong entrance — leading to 20 minutes of delays in treating Haynes, who was still alive.
As Haynes lay in the back seat, Williams alleged guards also put a boot on his back, handcuffed him and thrust his head into a building. Williams said he was detained for six hours and told by guards he would be criminally charged.
Now the hospital is facing scrutiny for possibly delaying treatment for Haynes.
Incident cause racial tension
The incident has revived tensions between African-American customers and Arab-American gas station owners. Detroit-Metro area businesses is predominately Arab-American owned and this incident is a cause for great concern, because the area is predominately African-American.
Although the general public, family and friends are angry about what happened; hopefully they’ll allow authorities to handle Saleh’s punishment. Saleh is due in court today.