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Five suspects arraigned in connection to vandalized vehicles in five cities

By: Joshua Gordon | C&G Newspapers | Published September 9, 2015


Ferndale police arrested five people in the early morning hours Sept. 6 after reports of several vehicles across five communities having been damaged or vandalized by BB guns or spray paint.

According to police, Ferndale officers responded to a neighborhood just north of Nine Mile Road at about 6:30 a.m. Sept. 6 on reports of vehicles being damaged by people driving by and shooting out car windows with BB guns. Ferndale Police Lt. William Wilson said the officers tracked down the five suspects and arrested them after finding the BB guns and spray paint in their vehicle.

After the arrest, Wilson said it was clear the suspects, who are 17 and 18 years old, hadn’t only damaged property in Ferndale.

“Numerous complaints were received from Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Royal Oak and Warren,” Wilson said in a statement. “(The) number of victims is still being tallied.”

The five suspects — Donovan Sanders, 17, Demontae Allen, 17, and Antonio Bailey, 18, all three of Warren; Aubrey Gulley, 18, of Eastpointe; and Jalin Davis, 18, of Detroit — were arraigned the morning of Sept. 9 in front of Magistrate J. Patrick Brennan at the 43rd District Court in Ferndale on charges of malicious destruction of personal property of $20,000 or more, a 10-year felony.

The charges were brought up on 46 vehicles listed in the warrant and Wilson said as of Sept. 9 the number of vehicles damaged totaled 91 in the four Oakland County cities.

All five suspects pleaded not guilty and were issued a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Their next court date is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 17. The suspects all requested court-appointed attorneys, which the court said would be appointed at the hearing.

In Royal Oak, police Lt. David Clemens said detectives from the Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit are still investigating the targeted cars.

“Five people were arrested in Ferndale that are tied to multiple MDOPs in our city,” Clemens said. “It appears the neighborhoods targeted are pretty random.”

Hazel Park police reported that they had eight confirmed incidents in the city related to the incident, while Madison Heights police said officers took a report at 4 a.m. Sept. 6 regarding five vehicles that were damaged in the area of Moulin and Rose, near Dequindre and 12 Mile roads.

“Further investigation led to the crimes committed in Madison Heights being connected to these same suspects,” Madison Heights Deputy Chief of Police Corey Haines said in an email.

In Warren, Detective Jodi Walny said that as of Sept. 8 there were 29 incidents reported that allegedly were linked to the spree. She said the damage occurred between 11 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6:30 a.m. Sept. 6.

“Basically the type of damage is from BB guns,” Walny said. “It’s mainly damage to the driver’s side doors, door windows, and then a couple of cars were spray painted.”

Individual cars were reportedly damaged near Common and Hoover; near 11 Mile and Dequindre; on Grobbel, near Martin and Mound; on James, west of Ryan near Martin; on Masch, near Eight Mile and Ryan; and on Merrick, north of 12 Mile.

Groups of cars were damaged near Ryan and Frazho; on Curie, north of 10 Mile; on Dell, between Ryan and Dequindre; on Wexford, north of Ryan; and on Panama between 12 Mile and Ryan.

Walny said the Warren Police Department would submit a warrant request for felony malicious destruction of property charges and that the suspects would be arraigned in the 37th District Court if charges are authorized for the damage they allegedly caused in Macomb County.

Staff Writers Brian Louwers, Victoria Mitchell and Andy Kozlowski contributed to this story.