A Detroit police homicide sergeant was found to be wearing a murder victim's expensive watch. Now, Sgt. Alex Vinson has been suspended.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed that several months ago, Vinson was the officer in charge of a case involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing an expensive, German-made watch.
The watch was photographed and put into storage in the Homicide Section’s property room. The victim was not identified, and the homicide case had gone cold.
This week, however, while Vinson was in Idaho for advanced police training, fellow homicide detectives decided to reopen the case.
When the detectives removed the victim’s belongings from the property room, they found that the watch wasn’t the same one that had been photographed at the start of the case. Instead, as confirmed by Craig, it had been replaced with a cheaper model.
Craig said that the detectives quickly informed police officials about the discrepancy.
“We were made aware of this a few nights ago and immediately initiated an internal investigation,” Craig said. “We directed (Vinson) to return home.”
According to Craig, the FBI helped police recover the watch. Vinson had been wearing the watch during his training session.
When he returned to Michigan on Wednesday, Internal Affairs officers read him his Miranda rights.
“The case is ongoing, and the sergeant has been suspended while we prepare a warrant for review by prosecutors,” Craig said.
Attempts to reach Vinson for comment on Thursday were unsuccessful.