Two Lions fans robbed not far from Ford Field

DETROIT - Two Detroit Lions fans said they were robbed not far from Ford Field as they returned to their car several hours after Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Brian Olszewski and Bethany Cousino, both 27, were walking back from a friend's house in Cadillac Square to just north of the stadium when they said they were approached by two men wearing hoodies.

Olszewski said one of the men pulled a gun on him, hit him above his right eye and demanded money. Cousino said she did not see a weapon, but the men punched her three times in the face and pulled her hair after she tried to flee the scene.

The assailants, who were not immediately apprehended, took both victims' cell phones and about $160 in cash.

Both victims said they were unharmed, aside from being shaken by the incident.

"It's the scariest moment I've ever been through in my life," Olszewski said. "I've never been that close to dying. All that guy could have done was pull the trigger, I could have been dead. I value life and love life so much, and you always wonder what's it going to be like before you die, and I really thought that was it. I was laying on that ground thinking, 'This is it. I'm going to die. This is how my family's going to have to deal with me dying.'"

Cousino said Sunday was her first Lions game and that she was telling people how much fun she had before the incident.

"I'm OK because I'm alive and he's alive," Cousino said. "The whole time running through my head I was so helpless. Good Lord, I want to pack a gun on me now or have mace with me."

Olszewski said he's been a Lions season ticket holder for seven years and has never encountered any other problems after a game.

Now, though, he said he's not sure if he wants to return for another game this year.

"I'm so shook up. Right now, I just want to sell the rest of my tickets. I don't want to deal with this anymore. I've never had a problem ever, and then to almost have a gun pointed at your face and you think you're going to die, I don't even want to deal with it."

(2016 © Detroit Free Press)


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