The police saw nothing out of the ordinary and the Federal Aviation Administration reported nothing unusual in the skies above the township Sunday night.
But Denzel Washington did — something as long as five cars, as wide as two vehicles, that hovered in the sky without making a noise and disappeared in the blink of an eye.
“Not just a light or a star … like the entire ship,” Washington wrote in a report to the Mutual UFO Network after seeing the black craft above the Rave Cinemas on Corunna Road. “It disappeared without a sign or a trace.”
Washington called 911, reporting he and his brother had first seen bright lights above the theater complex while driving down Graham Road at about 10:20 p.m.
When they came closer, Washington could make out the unidentified flying object, including its bluish-white exhaust, slammed on his brakes while still on the road, scrambled to take a picture with his phone and saw the object was gone.
He called 911, telling the operator what he had seen and asking if anyone else had seen the same thing, but police saw nothing when they came to investigate.
“I don’t know if it was an alien but it was a UFO …,”Washington said on the 911 call. “I’m not under the influence or anything. I’m just psyched out.”
Tuesday, Nov. 13, the 19-year-old was still overwhelmed by what he saw, and knows the people he’s shared his story with are dubious too.
“People say seeing is believing (and) I know what I seen,” said Washington, who said he works three jobs, wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and isn’t trying to prank anyone into a made-up story.
“You just have to believe me,” he said. “I don’t lie.”
A copy of his narrative from that night is posted on the Web site examiner.com.
In it, Washington estimates he and his brother came within 200 feet of the UFO before it started to move and vanished into the night.
Genesee County 911 Director Lloyd Fayling confirmed the report was made at about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, but said township police found nothing when they investigated.
“We did get the call. We did send two (officers) that reported seeing nothing,” 911 Director Lloyd Fayling said.
The Flint Journal could not immediately reach Rave Cinemas or Michigan MUFON Director William J. Konkolesky for comment. The report posted on examiner.com says Konkolesky may investigate.
The report filed online with MUFON says the reporting witness had just picked his brother up from work when they first saw bright lights over the theater complex.
The brothers speculated the lights might be stadium lights to promote a special event but saw what appeared to be a space ship when they came closer.
FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said the agency has no reports of aircraft incident in the area on Sunday night.
“Anything beyond that … we wouldn’t be looking for,” Molinaro said.
Washington said he’s sure what he saw was not a traditional aircraft.
“Planes do not sit still (in the sky) and helicopters don’t have flashing lights coming out the back,” he said.