Two charged after attempted robbery, officer injured

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 24, 2013

WARREN — Two men were jailed on armed robbery charges and a Warren police officer was recovering from an arm injury sustained when he was hit by the suspects’ car near Continental and Mac Arthur early Sept. 22.

Keith Robert Tillman, 24, and Terrelle Disean Tilles, 23, both of Warren, were arraigned in the 37th District Court Sept. 23 and remained held on cash bonds of $150,000 and $100,000 respectively for their roles in what police said was a botched armed robbery of three men at a home in the 11000 block of Continental.

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said officers were sent to the address after a 911 call about a fight at that location. The caller reportedly said five or six people were fighting at the home and that one of the combatants was armed with a gun.        

Mills said a patrol officer arrived at the house at 1:22 a.m. as Tillman and Tilles were attempting to leave in a 1999 Mercury Sable occupied by another man and a woman. Tillman was allegedly driving the car when it struck the officer. The Sable then crashed at Nine Mile Road and Mac Arthur, about two blocks away. Tilles was taken into custody at the scene of the crash and Tillman was found walking down Nine Mile and arrested by responding officers.

Warren Police Detective Scott Isaacson, the officer in charge of the case, said Tillman and Tilles allegedly met three men at a nearby party store and planned to smoke marijuana with them at the home on Continental.

“While in route, Keith (Tillman) and (Terrelle) Tilles conspired that they were going to rob them of the money and the marijuana that they might have,” Isaacson said. “Once inside they announce a robbery. Keith and Terrelle both go in and the other two (passengers) stay outside.”

Isaacson said Tillman allegedly implied that he had a gun in his waistband and said, “Give me everything you’ve got or I’ll shoot you.” An altercation ensued but Tillman and Tilles reportedly fled the house when the robbery was unsuccessful.

Mills said the injured officer, who has worked for the Warren Police Department for two years, fired three shots when he arrived at the scene and was struck by the fleeing vehicle. The officer’s patrol car was also struck.

No one was hit by gunfire and the officer remained on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting, per departmental policy. He reportedly suffered a possible broken arm that may require surgery and was released from the hospital.

Both Tillman and Tilles were charged with armed robbery, punishable by up to life in prison. Tillman was also charged with felonious assault, resisting and obstructing police, leaving the scene of an injury accident and driving with a suspended license.

Isaacson said the other man and woman in the car were questioned and released, pending further investigation.

Tillman and Tilles requested court-appointed attorneys and remained jailed ahead of their next court date, scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Oct. 1.

None of the other men involved in the reported fight at the house face criminal charges.