By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Police Chief Ronald Haddad provided updates on major crimes and arrests in the city over the past month, which included assault, armed robbery, attempted murder, and threats to a local congresswoman.
Haddad said crime in the city is down 15.2 percent for the year.
During the press conference held July 24 at the Emergency Operations Center of the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., a sentencing update on an attempted murder case was provided.
Detroit resident Emanuel Vaughn, 33, was sentenced to one to four years in prison for felonious assault by Wayne County Circuit Judge Donald Knapp July 1.
He originally was charged with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery causing serious injury, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Psychiatrist Dr. Melfin Hoberman was found beaten and unconscious on the floor of the office following a call to police by the doctor’s wife about a wellness check when the doctor did not return home on Oct. 10.
Hoberman was going in and out consciousness with evidence of a severe beating and stab wounds to both legs when he was found then transported to a local hospital where he recovered.
Another case Haddad spoke about was the home invasion arrest of Samuel Beasley, 29, who was charged and arraigned on multiple felonies. His bond was set at $50,000 cash and a jury trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 23 in the Wayne County Circuit Court.
On the morning on June 4, Councilman Robert Abraham woke up to noises and Beasley inside his house. Abraham chased Beasley from the house, was able to get a fair description and contact police who completed a search warrant at Beasley’s home and found several items believed to be stolen.
Beasley was arrested June 5.
Also on the morning of June 4, while officers addressed the home invasion a call was received about family trouble and shots fired at a Dearborn home.
The Dearborn Bomb Squad, Dearborn SWAT team, Crisis Negotiation Team officers and detectives were dispatched to the scene as police officers secured the home.
Ahmad Ayoub, 24, was arrested and charged with felonies by the Wayne County Prosector’s Office. The handgun used in the incident was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Dearborn.
He was given a $250,000 bond during his arraignment in front of 19th District Court Judge Sam Salamey. Ayoub pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be in Wayne County Circuit Court Aug. 15 for a scheduled trial conference.
Police responded to a house in the 2000 block of North Waverly June 8 after a woman had been shot. Officers were able to detain David Saunder, 64, outside of the house.
The 31-year-old victim said she and Saunder were arguing and he shot her in the upper arm. She was transported to a local hospital and treated for her injuries.
A search warrant was executed and officers located the pistol used in the assault as well as several other firearms and possible bomb making materials inside the house. The Dearborn Bomb Squad responded and secured any hazardous materials and the other firearms were seized.
Saunder was arrested and charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and several firearm-related charges.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was notified and will be making a determination if additional federal charges may be levied against Saunder for the explosive materials,” the press conference packet read.
Saunder was arraigned in front of 19th District Court Judge Gene Hunt. Bond was set at $500,000, 10 percent, and Saunder was arrested by the ATF.
While working on a regional serial crime pattern case with the Canton Township Police Department, Brian Jones, 42, was arrested and charged with receiving and concealing stolen property, habitual offender fourth offense in 19th District Court.
His bond was set at $20,000 and he is required to wear a GPS tether. Jones also waved his preliminary examination, and his parole was violated due to the new charges.
Police officers watched Jones enter a new car lot at a local dealership, remove a floor jack from his vehicle and steal four tires and wheels off of a new vehicle. He left the car sitting on cement blocks.
Police followed Jones as he took the stolen tires to a home in Detroit, hiding them in a second vehicle. He was arrested and the tires were recovered.
On June 10, a resident living in the 2400 block of Notre Dame was confronted by a man who had entered his home through an unlocked bathroom window.
The man fled the house, the resident was able to get a description of the suspect, and then called police who located and arrested Tyshawn Watkins nearby.
He was charged and arraigned for home invasion and entering without permission, given a $50,000 bond and a competency evaluation is scheduled for Sept. 27.
Police arrested two males, Yousif Al-Sudani and Nader Harb, both 17 years old, July 3 after riding mini-bikes on the sidewalk that were not street legal and did not have proper safety equipment attached to the bikes.
The two were in the area of Prospect and Schlaff when an officer attempted to stop them, but Al-Sudani fled on the bike into the residential neighborhood north of Prospect.
“A brief pursuit ensued, in which Al-Sudani made multiple dangerous traffic violations in an attempt to elude the officer,” the press conference packet read. “Al-Sudani eventually jumped off the bike and fled on foot into his home. After a few moments, Al-Sudani exited the home and surrendered to officers.”
He was charged with fleeing and eluding officers and placed under a $15,000 bond.
Harb left the scene of the original stop and began driving quickly through the neighborhood, in an attempt to get out of the area.
Harb went the wrong way down one-way Robertson, and struck a 5-year-old child who was attempting to cross the street. Both the child and Harb fell as a result and he child suffered a broken leg but is expected to make a full recovery.
After striking the child, Harb continued to flee on the mini-bike, failing to stop and identify himself or aid to the child. He was arrested and charged with reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function and leaving the scene of a serious injury accident.
Salamey placed Harb under a $5,000 bond with a required GPS tether during the arraignment on June 8. Al-Sudani and Harb have scheduled probable cause conferences on Aug. 2.
During the early morning of July 2, Dayvion Dixon, 17, allegedly robbed two victims at gunpoint near Greenfield Road and Tireman Avenue.
Dixon fled the scene in a vehicle that was stolen just prior to the robbery. Police responded and located the vehicle being driven by Dixon who fled officers at a high rate of speed.
“The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later,” the packet said. “Investigators were able to develop information which led to the arrest of Dixon.”
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office charged Dixon with two counts of armed robbery, receiving and concealing a motor vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police.
He was arraigned in front of Salamy in 19th District Court and given a $250,000, 10 percent. A preliminary examination of the evidence against Dixon is scheduled for Aug. 2.
Police responded to ExoticHeads, 15214 Warren Ave., July 4 on a report of an armed robber.
“Witnesses told officers that a group of three men surrounded another man and forcibly stole some designer glasses from him,” the packet read. “During the robbery one of the three men pointed a black handgun at the victim and a witness.”
The man with the gun was identified as Xavier Idrees Robinson-King, 21, who was arrested by Dearborn Police Special Operations officers.
Robinson-King was charged with 13 felony counts including, carrying a concealed weapon, armed robbery, felonious assault, felon in possession of firearm, and felony firearm.
He was arraigned by Salamey who set a $50,000 cash or surety bond. A preliminary exam is set for Aug. 2. The investigation is currently on-going as it relates to the other suspects involved.
Two houses in the area of Miller Road and Alber Street were burglarized July 12 which led to the arrest of 23-year-old Martize Roberson.
He was arrested and charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for home invasion and multiple other felonies. Roberson was arraigned in 34th District Court.
A $10,000, 10 percent bond was set with an upcoming preliminary exam date scheduled on Aug. 9 at 19th District Court.
At the end of the press conference, Haddad said police investigated numerous threat reports made to a local congresswoman who lives in the city, local schools and the city in general.
“The threats to the congresswoman turned out to be a female in the Las Vegas area that is known to the Capitol Police from previous threats to other officials,” the packet read. “The recent school threats have turned out to be students who were ‘just joking.’ Those students have been charged criminally and face school sanctions.”
As for the threats made against the city, those are still being investigated and search warrants are being sought for cellular information from a suspect who resides in Ohio, the packet read.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])