By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — Police weren’t far away when four armed men allegedly robbed two customers leaving iBuy, 10175 Telegraph, shortly before 10 a.m. Monday. Three were quickly taken into custody and now face multiple felony charges.
Angelo Aaron Fizer, 19, of Romulus; Brandon Maurice Hemphill, 20, of North Carolina; and Detroit resident Torian Darneil Crawford, 20, were charged before Judge William Sutherland in 23rd District Court with two counts of armed robbery — a potential capital charge punishable by life in prison — assaulting a police officer, and felony firearm possession.
According to police reports, Fizer, Hemphill and Crawford — along with another yet-identified man — robbed a 24-year-old Canton man and a 22-year-old Southfield man outside of the store and took what police called “a large amount of cash” and cell phones from the men. The two victims were injured when assaulted by the suspects.
Not long after, a patrol car spotted a vehicle matching the description of the car the men left in as given by witnesses. Officers made a traffic stop at Telegraph and Byers, during which one of the men fought with officers and another ran off on foot.
Additional officers arrived and struggled with the suspects before three of the four were secured and placed under arrest. In the vehicle police located several semi-automatic hand guns, two of which were determined to have been stolen in other cities.
Fizer and Crawford remained in custody and were held on $50,000 cash bond; Hemphill on $75,000 cash bond. The suspects are scheduled to appear tomorrow before 23rd District Court Judge Geno Salomone for a preliminary examination. Police are still searching for the fourth suspect.