After gunfire hits daycare facility, police arrest two suspects

By: Mike Koury | Southfield Sun | Published October 5, 2021

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SOUTHFIELD — Two men were arrested on charges related to a Sept. 20 shooting where bullets were fired into a daycare facility.

Malik Lamar-Trevon Hall and Markwease Alexander Boze were arrested by Southfield police Sept. 21 for their alleged involvement in a shooting incident at 10:03 a.m. Sept. 20 at The Sapphire, 16500 North Park Drive.

According to the Southfield Police Department, the incident began when Hall, a 25-year-old from Warren, allegedly showed up at the apartment building and began damaging a vehicle belonging to his ex-girlfriend.

Hall reportedly left the scene in a vehicle with three others, including Boze, a 29-year-old from Highland Park. They were followed out of the parking lot by another vehicle that held Hall’s ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and a 5-year-old child.

The vehicles were driving on Providence Drive when Boze allegedly fired several shots at the boyfriend’s vehicle. The shots missed the vehicle, but two rounds did hit the Childtime of Southfield daycare facility at Providence and J.L. Hudson drives.

“One round stuck in between two panes of glass that did not penetrate the building,” Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Jagielski told the Southfield Sun. “The second round did penetrate the building, went through a classroom that had children and faculty staff in it, across the classroom and lodged 17 and a half inches above the floor … so you can imagine how close that round must’ve come to hitting one of the children or one of the faculty.”

Southfield police were called to the scene after the shots were fired. According to a report, an eyewitness told officers that a gray vehicle was being pursued by a white Jeep Cherokee and that as the vehicles traveled westbound on J.L. Hudson, a man in his mid-20s, allegedly Boze, got out of the gray vehicle, produced a handgun and began firing multiple shots at the Jeep.

Jagielski stated they already knew one suspect because of Hall’s connection with his ex-girlfriend. As they conducted their investigating work, police were able to locate him and the three other suspects who had been in the vehicle with him.

Four people initially were arrested, but only Hall and Boze were officially charged.

“We did not know who fired the shots, but we did know for a fact that the rounds did come from that vehicle,” Jagielski said. “So there’s probable cause for everybody in that vehicle. … We interviewed everybody, and then based on that and some other things that were in play, found out who in fact pulled the trigger.”

Hall was charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of malicious destruction of personal property over $200 but less than $1,000. Boze was charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Both men were arraigned Sept. 24 in the 46th District Court. Hall’s bond was set at $15,000, 10%, and he must wear a GPS tether. Boze’s bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety. Attorneys for the suspects could not be reached for comment by press time.