Crime Stoppers offer $5,000 reward in Warren murder case – Macomb Daily

Just over two years ago, single mother Jennifer Wentz was shot and killed while picking up her daughter from work at the Hoover-11 mall in Warren.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan has increased its reward for tips leading to an arrest in the case from $2,500 to $5,000. All advice will remain anonymous. Anyone with information about this incident should call 1-800-SPEAK-UP or visit

On March 9, 2020, Wentz, 44, was parked at the Hoover-11 Center on Hoover Road near I-696 at 2 a.m. waiting for her 20-year-old daughter to finish her shift at the Rue 21 store. According to police, Wentz was shot in the back while sitting in her 2003 Pontiac Bonneville. Police Commissioner William Dwyer said at the time that evidence indicated Wentz was shot through an open rear window of the car.

In March 2020, Jennifer Wentz was fatally shot in Warren while waiting for her daughter in the Hoover-11 mall parking lot. (MACOMB DAILY FILE PHOTO)

Using CCTV, police were able to identify a person of interest in the case but to date no arrests have been made.

According to Crime Stoppers, Wentz attempted to flee her attacker in her vehicle but lost consciousness and ultimately died from her gunshot wound. The suspect, who was described as a fair-skinned black man, aged 17 to 25, between 5ft 11in and 6ft 3in tall, wearing a dark jacket and dark Adidas pants with white stripes on his legs , was seen loitering in the plaza before the shooting, then running to the back of the Kroger store.

Crime Stoppers reported that the suspect fled on foot through the residential area and eventually south on Lorraine Avenue and that an investigation included multiple search warrants, interviews and tips produced a person from interest that lives in the neighborhood.

At the time of the initial investigation, Warren police said they believed the shooting was the result of an attempted carjacking and had no indication that Wentz knew his killer.

Mark M. Gagnon