DEARBORN – Police arrested three people for armed robbery on Aug. 6 after a plainclothes officer allegedly watched them hold up a pedestrian at gunpoint.
Kortney Borthwell, Antoine Davis and Desmond Hammonds were charged with one count each of armed robbery at their arraignment in 19th District Court. Bond was set at $20,000, and a preliminary examination of the evidence against them is scheduled for Friday.
According to police, the officer responsible for the arrests observed a suspicious vehicle traveling in the alley near Warren and Coleman. Police said the driver, Borthwell, exited the vehicle and placed paper over the license plate, concealing the letters and numbers of the plate.
The vehicle then turned around and stopped near a man who was walking in the alley. The front-seat passenger, Davis, leaned out of the window and pointed a handgun at the victim’s head as the back-seat passenger, Hammonds, exited the vehicle, said police. Hammonds allegedly robbed the victim of his belongings while the handgun was being pointed at the victim’s head, police said.
The officer immediately approached the alleged unfolding robbery, causing Hammonds to flee on foot while the two other suspects drove off, officers said. Hammonds was apprehended by the plainclothes officer, and other responding officers were able to find the remaining two suspects, who were arrested without incident.
Police Chief Ronald Haddad noted that the swift action on the part of his officers ensured the victim was not injured and the suspects were apprehended.