From left, co-defendants Robin Dumoulin, 21, of Rochester Hills; Joshua Martin, 19, of Detroit; and Jamall Mobley, 17, of Detroit, sit with their attorneys at the 44th District Court May 25. Judge Derek Meinecke bound over all three to the Oakland County Circuit Court on armed robbery charges stemming from a Feb. 27 incident at Dumoulin’s grandparents’ home.

From left, co-defendants Robin Dumoulin, 21, of Rochester Hills; Joshua Martin, 19, of Detroit; and Jamall Mobley, 17, of Detroit, sit with their attorneys at the 44th District Court May 25. Judge Derek Meinecke bound over all three to the Oakland County Circuit Court on armed robbery charges stemming from a Feb. 27 incident at Dumoulin’s grandparents’ home.

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Royal Oak armed robbery case bound over to circuit court

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 5, 2018

ROYAL OAK — On May 25, 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke bound over three co-defendants in an armed robbery case to the Oakland County Circuit Court after hearing witness testimony at two separate hearings.

Robin Dumoulin, 21, of Rochester Hills; Joshua Martin, 19, of Detroit; and Jamall Mobley, 17, of Detroit, each face six felony charges stemming from a Feb. 27 incident at the Royal Oak home of Dumoulin’s grandparents.

The charges include two counts of armed robbery, a felony with a penalty of up to life in prison; one count of first-degree home invasion, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and three counts of felony firearm-pneumatic gun, a felony with a penalty of two years in prison.

On May 25, Royal Oak Police Detective Donald Van Ochten testified that Martin, Dumoulin’s boyfriend at the time, had requested that she make a copy of a key to her grandparents’ home on Elmhurst Avenue, near Woodward Avenue. In December 2017, Van Ochten said, she made a copy of the key from her father’s keyring while he was hospitalized.

Van Ochten testified that Dumoulin said Martin believed her grandparents had money because they had taken her and other relatives on vacations and that she “wanted to make him happy.”

“She was expressing remorse,” he said of his interview with her. “She was upset for what had happened, absolutely.”

Van Ochten said Dumoulin stated that she parked down the street and dropped off Martin and Mobley Feb. 27.

On April 20, Rasma Dumoulin, Robin Dumoulin’s grandmother, testified that she and her husband, Serge, were sitting in their family room using their iPads at approximately 12:30 a.m. Feb. 27 when two males in dark clothing with their faces covered entered the room.

She said both had handguns and pointed them at the couple. When her husband began to rise, she said one pushed him to the floor, injuring him on a table. She said the pair demanded money,  and she gave them the cash in her purse — a $50 bill and four $10 bills. She said they also grabbed the couple’s iPads and cellphones and ran out the front door.

Rasma Dumoulin testified that she called 911 from a neighbor’s house.

On April 20, officer Greg Hadfield, of the Pleasant Ridge Police Department, testified that he overheard radio communication about the incident and that police were looking for two suspects. 

Hadfield said he spotted a red Ford Explorer and that it seemed “suspicious” that the passenger, Martin, did not look at him. 

He testified that he drove on either side of the SUV and shined his spotlight into the vehicle and that neither Martin nor Mobley looked at him, so he pulled the vehicle over. With Dumoulin’s permission, he said, he searched the vehicle and located the couple’s iPads, cellphones and cash, as well as dark clothing, a bandana and what appeared to be a handgun in the back pocket of the passenger seat.

In recapping testimony in his closing remarks, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Rob VanWert said Mobley denied committing the robbery and initially told police that someone had given them a bag of electronics in the area of Interstate 696 and Woodward Avenue. He said that Mobley later said it was a prank, but then said that it was not a prank and that he was the one who pointed a BB gun at Serge Dumoulin’s head and told him not to get up.

VanWert said Martin told police that he thought it was a “fake robbery” at first, but when he saw the looks of terror on the couple’s faces, he realized it was a real armed robbery, but went through with it anyway.

“It’s just a heart-rending set of circumstances here,” Meinecke said before binding over the defendants to circuit court. “I certainly feel for all the families and victims in this case. It’s tragic.”

Meinecke denied the request of Jeff Quas, Mobley’s defense attorney, to dismiss the case based on the scenario of the initial traffic stop, which was mirrored by Marc Hart, Martin’s defense attorney, and Mitchell Ribitwer, Dumoulin’s defense attorney.

“The bottom line was, there was no reasonable belief that vehicle was actually involved in anything based on what police had at the time,” Quas said. “As a result of that, all the evidence should be suppressed and the case should be dismissed.”

Hart objected to the bind-over because he said he questioned the initial traffic stop, procedures and statements.

“From my vantage point, the stop is good and all the evidence that comes from it is also good,” Meinecke said.

He also denied requests from Ribitwer and Quas to lower their clients’ bonds. Hart, after witnessing both denials, opted not to ask for a bond reduction.

Dumoulin’s bond remains at $400,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent; Martin’s bond remains at $300,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent; and Mobley’s bond remains at $250,000 cash or surety, no 10 percent.

Dumoulin, Martin and Mobley are set to be arraigned at the Oakland County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. June 5.