Suspect identified in spate of robberies targeting seniors

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 11, 2015

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WARREN — The man wanted in connection with a series of a violent robberies targeting senior citizens in Warren and Center Line has been arraigned on charges related to a similar incident in Sterling Heights that left an 89-year-old man in critical condition.

Edwardian Dion Davidson, 46, of Warren, was arraigned Nov. 9 before Judge Kimberley Wiegand in the Sterling Heights 41-A District Court on charges of first-degree home invasion, unarmed robbery, assault with intent of great bodily harm less than murder and stealing a financial transaction device. The charges stem from his alleged involvement in a brutal robbery of an elderly couple near Schoenherr and 19 Mile Road on Nov. 5.

Sterling Heights police said the couple was apparently targeted after 7 p.m. that night as they returned home from dinner. Davidson allegedly approached the man and his 84-year-old wife, attacked him and took her purse.

The attack left the man with injuries “severe enough to put his life in jeopardy,” Sterling Heights Police Lt. Dave Smith said.

Hours after the arraignment, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts confirmed that Davidson is also the suspect in a spate of similar robberies involving seniors in Warren and Center Line.

“This guy is really a hardcore guy. He was just let out of prison on Sept. 26 and a month later he’s beating up and robbing Warren seniors,” Fouts said. “In a short span of six or seven days, he beat up and robbed six or seven people.”

On Oct. 26, a 72-year-old resident told Warren police she was robbed as she was walking into her home in the 11300 block of Engleman, near Hoover and 10 Mile Road, by a suspect who ran up behind her and forcefully removed a purse from her shoulder at about 7:30 p.m.

A 75-year-old-woman and a 55-year-old woman were reportedly robbed at 9:23 p.m. on Oct. 28 after they returned to a home in the 5300 block of Christi, near Frazho and Mound. The women told police the suspect opened the front passenger door of the vehicle they were in, assaulted them and took their purses.

On Oct. 29, an 80-year-old Warren resident was reportedly robbed after exiting her vehicle in the 27800 block of Santa Anna, near Martin and Hoover, at 7:18 p.m. The suspect reportedly threatened to punch the woman before he made off with her purse containing cash, her checkbook and bank card.

A 56-year-old woman told Warren police she was approached by a suspect in the garage of her home in the 26400 block of Bonnie, also near 11 Mile and Hoover, at 10:44 p.m. on Nov. 3. The suspect allegedly stole the resident’s purse and punched her in the face several times, resulting in significant injuries.

Similar incidents were reported in Center Line on Sterling, south of 10 Mile and east of Van Dyke, on Oct. 27, and on Potomac, just south of 11 Mile and east of Van Dyke, on Oct. 28.

As of Nov. 10, Davidson had not been formally arraigned on charges related to the incidents in Warren and Center Line, but Fouts said he was confident that police have their man based on an analysis of evidence being compiled by Warren detectives.

He said the Warren Police Department worked alongside investigators from Center Line and the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force to initiate surveillance in areas targeted by the suspect. More than 20 Warren officers from the department’s Special Investigations Division, Criminal Investigations Division and Special Operations Unit took part in the investigation and related searches of homes in Warren and the city of Detroit, where evidence was recovered that reportedly linked Davidson to several robberies.

Warren police were expected to submit the findings of their investigation to Macomb prosecutors by Nov. 12 for a final determination on additional criminal charges.

“He’s just a horrible, bad guy. He could have just taken their money, but instead he just brutally smashed their head in,” Fouts said. “This guy is mean.”

In the wake of the robberies, the mayor also said he would direct police commanders to establish a “senior crime unit” dedicated to the investigation of violent crimes against senior citizens. He said the new initiative would be supported by an educational component shared through the city’s Communications Department, TV Warren and the city newsletter offering tips to help seniors avoid being victimized. 

Anyone who has more information about the suspect or the recent robberies targeting seniors can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810 or the Center Line Public Safety Department at (586) 757-2200.

According to a court representative in Sterling Heights, bond was set at $2 million cash/surety only. Davidson has reportedly been granted the option to use a court-appointed attorney, but that attorney has not been assigned yet, according to the court.

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