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Michigan carjacking suspect apprehended

Authorities are searching from William Lanham, left, and Michelle Holladay in connection with a...
Authorities are searching from William Lanham, left, and Michelle Holladay in connection with a carjacking in Frenchtown Twp. on Aug. 3.(WTVG)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 9:41 AM EDT
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FRENCHTOWN TWP., Mich. (WTVG) - Authorities in Michigan have apprehended two suspects wanted in connection with a carjacking at a Frenchtown Township hotel on Tuesday afternoon.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for Michelle Holladay, 40, and William Lanham, 39. The stolen vehicle and suspects were found Tuesday evening in Holly Township, Mich., approximately 70 miles north of where the crime allegedly occurred.

According to Michigan State Police, the search for the suspects ended in a barricaded suspect situation in Holly Township. MSP sent a bomb squad robot into a house where the suspects were located and found a male suspect dead from a gunshot wound. The female was taken into custody.

Official identification of the dead male suspect will come from the coroner’s office. His identity has not been released, but a representative from MSP confirmed the barricade incident in Holly Township and the carjacking in Frenchtown Township is the same incident.

Investigators said the carjacking victim and her two young grandchildren were in the parking lot of the Quality Inn on N. Dixie Hwy. when they were approached by a man and a woman around 2:15 p.m. The man displayed a handgun and demanded the car.

The man and woman got into the car and fled, last seen entering northbound I-75. The stolen vehicle is a gray 2008 Honda Pilot SUV with Alabama Crimson Tide license plates, reading SOLEN.

The victim is a 55-year-old woman visiting from Alabama with her grandchildren, ages 11 and 7. No one was injured in the carjacking.

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