Man dies after armed robbery attempt

Three suspects face charges

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 29, 2016 | Updated January 6, 2017 11:12am

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Three people are facing potential prison time for their role in what law enforcement officials say was an attempted robbery gone wrong.

Christopher Rashawn Jones, 27, of Mount Clemens; Randy James Mahaffey, 27, of Clinton Township; and Ashley Lachell Redmond, 25, of Mount Clemens, were arrested in the days following the Dec. 26 robbery and shooting of James Capizzo, 44, of Clinton Township.

According to the original crime report, Macomb County sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment building at 195 S. Main St. in Mount Clemens at 1:28 a.m. in response to a shooting.

At the scene, deputies found Capizzo lying unconscious on the front lawn of the building with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to McLaren Macomb Hospital, where he died from his injuries on Dec. 28.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the witness who contacted authorities said the shooter had already fled the scene.

Deputies found two spent .22-caliber long-rifle shell casings at the scene, and after a short track by a sheriff’s K-9, a suspect house was reached on northbound Gratiot.

Detectives interviewed the homeowner, as well as other witnesses who were present at the apartment where the shooting took place, and were eventually able to develop a suspect shooter, Jones.

The investigation revealed that Capizzo and two other men were in the same Main Street apartment prior to the shooting.

“One man who was at the apartment at the time of the shooting was also questioned,” Wickersham said. “He too had left the scene (after the shooting). He explained what transpired, but it was determined that his story was not truthful. Detectives learned that it was going to be an armed robbery of narcotics.”

Mahaffey was then taken into custody.

Wickersham said that in an attempt to locate the suspected shooter, detectives set up surveillance at his and his fiancé’s address in Mount Clemens. They arrested Redmond, who authorities say is Jones’ fiancé, as she reportedly exited the address with a rifle. He said it is believed that the rifle was the one used in the shooting, and Redmond was in the process of discarding it.

Jones was then tracked down and arrested after exiting a business in Harper Woods, Wickersham said.

The trio of suspects were arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on Dec. 29.

Jones is charged with one count of felony murder, one count of armed robbery, one count of felony firearm, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Mahaffey is charged with one count of armed robbery, and Redmond is charged with accessory to a felony after the fact.

Jones was ordered held without bond, Mahaffey was given a $500,000 cash-or-surety bond, and Redmond was given a $5,000 personal bond. Court records show that none of the suspects had obtained attorney representation as of press time Jan. 4.