Owners, employees feel violated after police raid car wash - New York News

Owners, employees feel violated after police raid car wash, leave empty-handed

Posted: Updated:
Big Mike's Auto Spa is on East Seven Mile Road in Detroit. Big Mike's Auto Spa is on East Seven Mile Road in Detroit.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

A Detroit car wash is raided by the narcotics squad, but the owner of the car wash says the authorities took this one too far.

"I was shocked. We have been here six months already, had no problems up until today," says owner Mike Burton. His car wash, Big Mike's Auto Spa on East Seven Mile Road was the target of major drug raid in Detroit.

Surveillance video captured it all go down. With guns drawn, Detroit narcotics first go after the guys leaving the car wash in a silver Tahoe. They're handcuffed and taken into custody after officers discover a handgun, AK-47 and 4,000 dollars in cash.    

Employees at the car wash thought police had gotten what they were after and the raid was over. They never saw a search warrant.

But then, the raid continued.

"Police was everywhere. Doors knocked down, kicked down. My employees all on the floor, carrying customers all on the floor. You know, I'm scared to death," Burton tells FOX 2's Taryn Asher.

Video shows how police tear the place apart, looking for drugs and money, overturning couches and smashing walls. Some employees, who had their hands in the air, claim they were roughed up or injured by police and that they just took it too far.

One employee told Asher an officer put his knee in his back so hard he couldn't breathe, and when he told the officer so he says the officer responded saying, 'Shut the f--- up.'

A customer says he had 300 dollars in his ash tray, but the money was gone after an officer searched the car.

The owners of Big Mike's claim they have since filed a complaint with internal affairs, feeling what happened inside the car wash was unacceptable.

"This is a family owned business. We don't bother anybody here," says Burton.

So why was Big Mike's targeted?

Detroit police tell Asher they did have a search warrant to raid the car wash and were acting on a tip. The only person who appears to have seen the warrant was one of the men who was taken into custody at the beginning of the raid, and Burton says that man has nothing to do with the car wash.

Police say, although they had information the drugs were being sold out of the car wash, besides a small sandwich bag full of pot, police admit they never found anything inside. The only things they discovered were the guns and a large amount of money found on the two guys taken into custody.

Employees at the car wash maintain all they did was their jobs cleaning the cars.

FOX 2 did show police the surveillance video of the raid and they do plan to investigate what happened, mainly if a police officer did take money from that customer's car which is a claim they take seriously. The car wash is also still under investigation.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Another video shows NYPD cop putting man in choke hold

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:08:13 GMT
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
    The NYPD is investigating another apparent choke-hold incident during a recent arrest that was captured on video. The video shows a police officer putting a man in a choke hold and then punching him in the face in a subway station in Harlem, police said. A community activist said he received the new video but never had any intention of releasing it to the media.
  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
  • Some StubHub accounts breached

    Some StubHub accounts breached

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:34:20 GMT
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
    Six people were indicted Wednesday in an international ring that managed to take over more than 1,000 StubHub users' accounts and fraudulently buy tickets to such prime events as Jay-Z and Elton John concerts, a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game and Broadway shows like "The Book of Mormon," the Manhattan district attorney said. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the thieves would then resell the tickets and split up the proceeds.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices