Four arrested after daylight robbery at ATM

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published May 9, 2014

WARREN — Four people are facing charges after a daylight robbery May 4 at a bank ATM near 10 Mile and Ryan roads.

Warren Police Detective Steve Campbell said a citizen who was following the suspect vehicle alerted officers on patrol to the theft that occurred at 3:30 p.m. outside of Comerica Bank, 4225 10 Mile.

Campbell said three male suspects reportedly approached a 47-year-old Hazel Park woman as she was using the bank’s ATM.

“She turned around. One produced a handgun, pointed it at her,” Campbell said. “The second male approached her, lifted up his shirt, showed a weapon.”

Campbell said the trio took $40 in cash, an ATM card and the key fob for the woman’s vehicle. The victim’s keys were reportedly locked inside the vehicle, and Campbell said the suspects apparently returned the fob and the ATM card when they couldn’t quickly get the keys.

The woman also reportedly told the suspects she was married to a police officer and that she didn’t think the robbery was “a good idea.” 

The suspects allegedly fled the bank in a gold Chrysler Sebring, driven by a woman, and the victim reportedly flagged down a citizen who alerted police on patrol in the area. Officers stopped the suspect vehicle near Simon and Toepfer, and arrested four occupants.

Police later recovered a BB gun that resembled a real semi-automatic handgun, and a portion of a Club anti-theft device near the scene of the robbery. Another segment of the Club was allegedly recovered from the suspect vehicle.

Ninteen-year-old Detroit resident Charbrina Howard was the driver of the Sebring, and Jaylen Sumpter, 17, of Detroit, allegedly carried the Club during the encounter. Both were arraigned in the 37th District Court May 6 on charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Howard was also charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana. She remained held in the Macomb County Jail on at $250,000 bond set at her arraignment. Her retained attorney, Paul Misukewicz, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Sumpter requested a court-appointed lawyer and remained held on a $500,000 bond.

Two 16-year-old suspects, including the teen who allegedly carried the BB gun during the robbery, were expected to be charged as adults with armed robbery and conspiracy.

Howard and Sumpter were scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary hearing at 8:45 a.m. May 20.

Campbell said security video showed the suspects also approached a man at the bank just minutes before the robbery.