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Royal Oak Man Charged With Carjacking Woman at Clawson Blockbuster

Police say man threatened woman with a knife and took off in her vehicle.

A 59-year-old Royal Oak man was charged with carjacking a woman with a knife on Sunday evening in the parking lot of .

Clawson Detective Lt. Scott Sarvello said Robert Tell was arraigned on Monday in 52-4 District Court and is being held at the Oakland County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

Sarvello said a police investigation revealed that Tell approached the 25-year-old West Bloomfield woman near her car around 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot and told her she was going to drive him somewhere. Tell then pulled out a three to four-inch blade, police said, and when the woman screamed, he grabbed her keys and took off in her Cadillac, driving east on 14 Mile Road.

Officers said they spotted Tell near the intersection of 14 Mile and Rochester, surrounded the vehicle, and then arrested him. Sarvello said the woman was not injured and police were able to interview one witness from the carjacking. 

Carjacking incidents are not common in the Clawson area, Sarvello said.

"This is a serious crime," Sarvello said, adding that carjacking is a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

John Rasmussen April 16, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Clawson has a Blockbuster?
Pete Rogan April 17, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Starting to sound like Fifth Precinct. At least this time he didn't have a shotgun.
Debra Ball April 17, 2012 at 03:50 AM
that bond is too low; this guy does not need to be out on bond
Jon Ruthenbeck April 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM
Why didn't the "Dirt Ball" try and Jack me?
Mike April 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM
14 mile Rd. just east of Crooks.
Ronald Wolf April 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Correct, what are some judges thinking these days? They sock it to you if you jaywalk, or make a U turn but if you"re a carjacker you have the option of a low bond? With every verdict that is reported the name of the judge should also be mentioned, this would go a long way to let us know who to vote for, unless the judge is "appointed" and that needs to be stopped.
Jan Smith April 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Due to his actions, that young woman's life will never be the same. Lock him up and keep him in prison.
Philip Overby April 19, 2012 at 07:52 AM
Troy 52-4 District Judge Dennis Drury

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