Charges filed in robbery, shooting

Deven Matthews

Deven Matthews

Demetris Parker

Demetris Parker

Aaron James

Aaron James


DEARBORN — Police announced charge for three Detroit men in connection with a June 26 armed robbery that turned into an attempted murder.

Police responded to the area of Reuter and Blesser about 2 a.m. on reports a man had been shot. Police said the victim, a 47-yearold Dearborn resident, had just parked his vehicle and was walking to his house when two men approached him.

Police said one of the suspects, later identified as Aaron James, struck the man in the head with a handgun, and while doing so accidently fired a round that struck the second suspect, Deven Matthews, in the leg.

James then shot the victim twice in the back, narrowly missing his spine, police said. James and Matthews then ran to a waiting vehicle driven by the third suspect, Demitris Parker. Dearborn detectives were called to the scene and were able to track down and arrest all parties involved in the shooting.

Matthews, 17, was charged with one count of assault with intent to rob while armed. Parker, 22, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact to a felony. James, 19, was charged and arraigned on a five-count warrant for assault with intent to rob while armed, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and felony firearm.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against the men has been set for 9 a.m. Friday at 19th District Court.

The victim and Matthews were treated at local hospitals and have been released.

“This type of violent criminal activity that puts citizens’ lives in jeopardy will not be tolerated,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “The Dearborn Police Department will expend all resources available to investigate and apprehend all suspects involved.”

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