By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad announced the arrests of three men involved in a jewelry store robbery, murder, bar shooting and more during a press conference Feb. 15.
Detroit residents Uriel Drake, Martez Lyons and Denzell Bunkley were arrested and arraigned for the armed robbery at Gold Sarafand Jewelry, 13233 W. Warrren, Dec. 21.
The men allegedly posed as customers, dressed in long clothing and velied similar to attire worn by Arab women when they entered the building to browse the merchandise.
They then produced handguns which they pointed at the owner, smashed several display cases before pistol whipping the man and leaving the store with jewelry.
Shortly after, a police officer in a nearby city was able to provide information to Dearborn detectives helping with the investigation.
Detectives executed search warrants and recovered a red Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible, which surveillance video showed the men fleeing the scene in along with other pieces of evidence.
All three men were arraigned for the charges of armed robbery, assault to do great bodily had less than murder, felony firearm and assault Jan. 23 in 19th District Court.
“These men are also suspected to be responsible for other violent crimes in Dearborn and surrounding communities,” Haddad said.
On Jan. 27, police arrested a third person in connection with the Oct. 16 deadly shooting of a driver in southwest Dearborn. Kayla Thomas, 21, of Taylor was arrested and charged with homicide-felony murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery in 19th District Court.
Dearborn police on Dec. 13 had arrested Walbert Morales-Castro, 18, of Detroit and a 16-year-old juvenile female from Dearborn in connection with the homicide.
Morales-Castro was charged with homicide-felony murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery felony in possession of a firearm, felony firearm and habitual offender second notice. The 16-year-old will be charged as an adult on homicide-felony murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Police responded to the area of Madison and Bennett where Raymond Mshahwar, 33, of Canton was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After an investigation, it was determined that Mshahwar had been shot before he crashed into parked vehicles.
Next, Haddad showed the case of Brian Short, 43, from Garden City who emailed the chief’s city email account, threatening him.
In the email, Short said that if the chief did not deposit a large sum of money into the suspect’s bank account, a terrorist would drive a car through the front doors of the police station and 19th District Court.
An investigation launched with Garden City police determined that Short was wanted for similar threats in nearby communities.
He was arraigned on Feb. 3 in 19th District Court on charges of false report and threat of terrorism, and using a computer to commit a crime.
Two Ypsilanti residents were charged in Wayne County Circuit Court for the Sept. 17 shooting at Nar Bar, 21918 Michigan Ave.
Allante Percy, 24, and Mario Amison, 29, allegedly shot into a crowd of people at the bar and fled before they were arrested at Michigan Avenue and Gulley.
Three shooting victims were transported to Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn for non-life threatening injuries.
Percy pled guilty to two counts of assault with intent to murder and felony firearm Feb. 1. The same day, Amison was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon, felony firearm and felon in possession of firearm.
“Crime doesn’t know borders,” Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. said at the press conference. “We have resourses other communities don’t have so we have to work together. These arrests are what happens when we come together, when citizens provide information and media spreads the word to help get criminals off the street.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)