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Man is dead after hit and run, suspect in custody

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(09/09/12) - We are learning more about a man who died Sunday on Flint's north east side. Neighbors initially thought the victim was beaten, then shot and killed. But police detectives are telling ABC12 he was run over by mini-van.

It happened just before 5:30 Sunday morning on Leith Street near Cook. Police have not identified the victim yet, but the 34-year-old suspect is in custody.

UPDATE - Charges have been issued. The suspect, who could go before a judge Tuesday, faces open murder and preparation to burn charges.

Police declined comment, right now, on the second count.

Additional charges are expected.

The suspect remains in the Genesee County Jail.

Neighbors, Cierra Jones and Patricia Torman keep an eye on each other. When they saw the police tape surrounding a grass field, they knew something was wrong.

"Us as neighbors have to come together and protect ourselves, because police can't do everything," Jones said.

"The crime rate around our neighborhood has been really bad," Torman added.

Witnesses initially heard what they thought was a gun shot, which is a familiar sound in their east side neighborhood. "We heard gun shots all the time," Torman said.

But police tell ABC12 News it wasn't a gunshot at all, but perhaps the sound of a blown out car window after a man was run over by another man driving in a white van at the corner of Leith and Cook in Flint.

Police say the two men had gotten into an argument earlier in the morning.

John Gilbert lives around the corner from the crash scene. He said the area isn't as safe as it used to be. "In the past two years it's gotten steadily worse. Sure it scares me, it's right at the corner of my street. I want to stay off the streets at night with everything that's going on," Gilbert said.

Even though this happened in the early morning hours, Cierra Jones said these kinds of things could happen at any time. "I don't like it, my kids have to grow up in this neighborhood and it's even hard for them to play outside with things like this going around," Jones said.

The suspect, who could go before a judge Tuesday, faces open murder and preparation to burn charges.

Police declined comment - right now - on the second count.

Additional charges are expected.

The suspect remains in the Genesee County Jail.

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