Arrest Warrant Issued for Marvin Winans, Pastor Responds

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After being beaten, car-jacked and robbed on the streets of Detroit, Pastor Marvin Winans must report to the police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The state suspended his license on May 9 after he didn’t pay two tickets issued in December in Hazel Park, Michigan. One was for previously driving on a suspended license; the other was for impeding traffic.

The gospel singer didn’t show at a March hearing in 43rd District Court in Hazel Park on the two tickets and a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to a court official.

Winans likely didn’t know about the issues because his staffers generally handle those personal issues, his spokeswoman, Erma Byrd, said Thursday morning. The notices weren’t received because he had changed addresses, and staffers recently discovered the unpaid tickets before the carjacking, she said.

“The issue is being addressed,” Byrd said. “A lot of that is handled by his administrative team, not by him.”

Winans released a statement Thursday afternoon that stated:

“The traffic issues listed in driver’s record that was recently released was in the process of being handled prior to the Wednesday, May 16 incident. The proof of payment and formal letter addressing the issue was submitted. I was not aware of any suspension of license due to change of address. All day-to-day correspondences are facilitated by my administrative staff. If something was a matter of great urgency they would have brought it to my attention”

Winans is an internationally known Grammy-winning singer who founded the Perfecting Church in Detroit and delivered the eulogy at pop star Whitney Houston’s funeral.

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