According to Detroit Police inspector Nick Kyriacou, Pastor Marvin Winans stopped at a Northwest Detroit Citgo gas station to purchase gas, and was attacked. It was reported that as many as 10 young men between the ages of 18 to 20, were present when the minister made his purchase at the station. After the transaction was complete Winans exited the store, and the young men followed him outside.
The famed Pastor was distracted by a conversation about the music he was playing as he filled his 2012 deep burgandy Infiniti QX56 SUV.
The suspect told Winans that his gas was spilling, when he turned to check on his vehicle he was sucker punched from behind, and pushed to the ground. Three or four other suspects then joined the suspect in beating the gospel star as he was on the ground. "Somebody said roll him over and they got his wallet," Kyriacou said. Winans was able to identify one of his attackers, he described the assailant as 5 feet 4, in his late teens, wearing a whit T-shirt, and dark jeans. Authorities also reported that it is their belief that the offenders did not recognize the gospel singer.
He escaped with minor scrapes, bruises, and cuts, he also declined EMS transport to the hospital but was later taken by a friend.
Winans is currently the Pastor of the 3,000 member "Perfecting Church," and is also in the process of building a new 4,500 seat sanctuary. Although progress has been halted for the past year, Winans' newest single "Let the Church Say Amen" was listed on billboard.com as the Nation's top gospel recording. We wish Pastor well (can you say cha-ching)...teeheehee...
The 54 year old Pastor recently rendered the eulogy for the "Quen of Pop's" Whitney Houston in February, and was also noted as her Pastor.