Suspect arrested, arraigned in Harper Woods shooting

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published June 7, 2018

 Alvin Tobar

Alvin Tobar

HARPER WOODS — A suspect has been charged with a shooting that took place on Eastland Village Drive May 31.

The suspect, a 40-year-old Detroit resident named Alvin Tobar, was arrested within two hours of the shooting after the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety obtained a search warrant for a residence on Beaconsfield Street in Detroit.

“We can’t get into the details of how we identified the suspect so quickly because the investigation is still in progress,” said Harper Woods Department of Public Safety Director James Burke. “I can say it was the result of excellent police work; detectives got to the scene quickly, gathered information and put their team into action to identify the suspect.”

According to the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety, its detectives, assisted by the Eastern Wayne County Special Response Team, entered the home and took one male suspect, Tobar, and one female suspect into custody without incident. The detectives reportedly recovered several firearms from inside the residence. 

The shooting victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot eight times and was transported to a local hospital. Police said he was expected to recover.

Tobar was arraigned June 3 by Judge Vesta Svenson and was charged with one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of firearm discharge in a building causing injury, one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and four counts of felony firearm.

Bond for Tobar was originally set at $15,000, 10 percent, despite requests from Harper Woods detectives that he be given a higher cash bond. The amount was raised after detectives requested a bond hearing in front of 32-A District Court Judge Daniel Palmer. The hearing occurred June 6. Tobar’s bond was increased to $75,000 cash or surety, and he will have to wear a GPS tether limiting him to home arrest if bond is posted.

“The bond that was given was by a retired Wayne County judge who was hearing cases during the weekend, and we were not pleased with such a low bond for a suspect who is accused of shooting someone eight times in the common area of an apartment complex where there were so many other people nearby,” said Burke.

A probable cause conference for Tobar was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 13, and a preliminary examination was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 20, both in 32-A District Court.

Tobar’s attorney, David Draper, could not be reached by press time.