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Two arrested for AT&T NYE robbery

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published January 17, 2020

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Police and prosecutors say a pair of robbers who allegedly bound three people in an AT&T on New Year’s Eve have been caught.

According to Sterling Heights police and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. Dec. 31, two suspects robbed an AT&T store near the intersection of Van Dyke Avenue and 15 Mile Road.

Police later arrested Travon Perkins, 24, and Bianca Webb, 24.

At the time of the incident, police said, Perkins wore black clothes and a trench coat while holding a semiautomatic rifle. Webb, authorities said, wore a surgical face mask with black clothing.

Authorities explained that the pair allegedly robbed the store, tied up people and took them to a back room without injuring them, then drove away from the scene in a white Pontiac Grand Prix before police could get there.

The Prosecutor’s Office said the Grand Prix was registered in Webb’s name, and the two suspects reportedly arrived at the store in the vehicle. Webb allegedly scoped out the scene before Perkins entered with his face concealed — police first said it was a bandana; the prosecutor later said it was a surgical mask. Perkins also allegedly wore a woman’s wig and sunglasses, and he pointed a long firearm at two workers and a customer, the office said.

Webb used zip ties to bind the three occupants, and Perkins obtained a worker’s security code so he could enter a back room and steal the merchandise, prosecutors said. The valuables were collectively worth over $10,000 and included phones, Bluetooth speakers, earbuds and internet routers.

Before the suspects left, they allegedly made the victims go inside the store’s back bathroom. However, one of the victims reportedly got free and dialed 911 inside the bathroom.

According to the county, Sterling Heights officers staked out Webb’s Lincoln Park residence Jan. 8 and, through a warrant, conducted a search. They reportedly found stolen AT&T items, wigs, zip-ties, a mask, oxycodone, Adderall, cocaine, digital scales and an unregistered 9 mm handgun. They reportedly couldn’t find any rifle.

In a statement, Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith thanked Sterling Heights police for their work.

“This obviously was a terrifying experience for the victims,” Smith said. “The cellphones and merchandise can be replaced. Yet these folks who were inside the store during the holidays, working and shopping, should never have had their lives jeopardized in such an egregious way.”

At his arraignment in 41-A District Court, Perkins was charged with the following nine felony counts: three up-to-life-sentence counts of armed robbery, four two-year counts of felony firearm, one 15-year count of unlawful imprisonment and one five-year count of felon in possession of a weapon.

Webb was reportedly charged with eight of the same counts — everything Perkins had except the charge of being a felon while possessing a weapon. She also was charged after her arrest with four more felonies and a misdemeanor: two 20-year counts of delivery/manufacturing a controlled substance, one seven-year count of delivering/manufacturing Adderall, one two-year count of felony firearm, and one 93-misdemeanor count of receiving and concealing stolen property.

The two suspects reportedly each received bond set at $100,000 cash surety, no 10%.

According to the 41-A District Court, both suspects were granted the ability to receive a court-appointed attorney but did not have one by press time.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office by calling (586) 469-5350.