In early January, a 21-year-old Detroit man was hospitalized after being shot multiple times; he received treatment for his injuries at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Ypsilanti police were dispatched to the scene after reported sounds of gunshot, but learned before arriving in the 400 block of Worden Street that the shooter had fled the scene.
Witnesses had identified a 22-year-old Ypsilanti man as the suspect in the shooting, and an investigation began. On Saturday, January 26, 22-year-old Robert Taylor Brown was arrested by sheriff deputies who observed him driving erratically in Ypsilanti Township, in the area of Holmes and Harris roads. Deputies attempted to stop Brown on Forest Avenue, but he fled.
Sgt. Geoff Fox said in news reports that a brief pursuit followed, but came to a halt when Brown struck numerous vehicles which were parked in the 300 block of North Harris Road after losing control of his vehicle. Deputies then chased the suspect after he allegedly fled on foot, and were able to capture him after several blocks.
According to The Ypsilanti Courier, Brown faces multiple charges in both the shooting and fleeing/eluding incidents. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office stated that a January 29 preliminary examination of the evidence against Brown is scheduled in 14A District Court.
While news reports do not indicate the charges against Brown, it may be that one of the charges he faces includes assault with intent to harm, given the fact that he allegedly shot the victim in the legs. Michigan criminal defense lawyers know that the penalties for a conviction are harsh; individuals may face up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5,000. Even worse, prosecutors or police often attempt to prove an individual intended to murder his or her victim, which subjects that individual to far more serious penalties if convicted.
If you have been arrested for any violent or serious criminal offense, contact an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney who will work aggressively to protect you from harsh criminal penalties.