Arrests made in attempted robbery

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 15, 2016

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EASTPOINTE — A teenager and three adults were arrested for allegedly trying to invade a home in Eastpointe Feb. 7, leading to a shot allegedly being fired at one of the victims.

According to a press release from the Eastpointe Police Department, police were dispatched to a home in the 23000 block of Saxony, east of Gratiot Avenue and north of Nine Mile Road, after getting a call about an attempted home invasion. One of the suspects — Stefhen Christian, 18, of Detroit —  allegedly was at the front door of a resident’s house dressed as a construction worker and trying to convince the resident to open the door.

Eastpointe Police Detective Neil Childs said that the incident took place around 11:30 a.m., when Christian allegedly went to the front door and identified himself as a construction worker working in the area. The resident was suspicious and did not answer the door.

“A neighbor across the street called him and said that there were three guys in masks on his side door,” Childs said. “So he went out on the front porch and confronted the guy dressed as a construction worker.”

The neighbor also came outside, Childs said, allegedly causing the other three suspects — Angelo Barrios-Agee, 18, of St. Clair Shores; Maced Edwards, 20, of Detroit; and a 16-year-old juvenile — to panic, head for their vehicle and drive away. The neighbor tried to follow them in his car, but he eventually lost track of them and came back, pulling into the resident’s driveway.

According to police, the neighbor started talking to Christian from the car, which allowed the resident to get back into the house. Christian then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired one shot at the neighbor’s car, Childs said, missing the driver.

“The neighbor puts it into reverse and gets away, and the suspect starts walking down the street,” he said. “That’s when the officers come up and arrest him.”

Childs said another of the suspects was arrested that evening, and two more the following day. Christian, Edwards and Barrios-Agee were all arraigned in 38th District Court, and the 16-year-old in juvenile court.

Christian is facing multiple charges of felony firearm, attempted home invasion, and one charge of assault with intent to murder. He was arraigned Feb. 8; he told the court that he planned on hiring his own attorney.

Barrios-Agee requested a court-appointed attorney at his arraignment Feb. 8. Edwards also announced plans to hire an attorney at his arraignment Feb. 9; both men and the 16-year-old are facing charges of attempted home invasion. No attorneys had been named at press time.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office is interested in charging the 16-year-old as an adult due to a weapon being involved and a shot fired, Childs said.

An investigation found that Christian previously worked at a construction company but was not working at one currently, the press release said.

Childs said the victim’s house was not randomly chosen, but at this time there is no known link between the victim and the suspects.