Police announce arrests of several suspects

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – The Police Department arrested four suspects last week, one for an alleged serially robbery of a mosque and three for an unarmed robbery, thanks to tips and assistance supplied by residents.

In the first incident, police were investigating a series of larcenies at the American Moslem Society Mosque, 9945 Vernor. In previous incidents, the suspect entered the mosque during prayer service, removed personal items from a storage shelf and then exited the mosque.

According to the police, the two latest incidents occurred about 2 p.m. Oct. 17 and about 8 p.m. Oct. 24.

On Oct. 25, the DPD issued a press release describing the robberies and the available suspect information, including several photos taking from surveillance cameras inside the mosque.

After releasing the information, the DPD received numerous tips from residents naming Sean Brady Patrick as the suspect in this incident. Officers dispatched and located Patrick in southwest Detroit, arresting him without incident.

Patrick was arraigned Thursday on the charge of larceny in 19th District Court before Judge William Hultgren. Patrick was issued a $500 cash bond and has a pre-trial scheduled at 9 a.m. Dec. 5, also before Hultgren.

“This is another great example of the community stepping up to help the police department,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “Citizens taking ownership in the prevention and reduction of crime is the first step in keeping our city safe.”

The second occurred on Oct. 26, when police arrested two teens in connection with an unarmed robbery that occurred at Walmart, 5851 Mercury Drive.

A woman walking out of the store placed her cell phone in her pocket after sending a text message. She was then approached from behind by one of the suspects, who took the phone and $40 from the victim’s pocket.

The victim screamed for help and a witness began following the suspect who entered a vehicle driven by an accomplice. The witness was able to obtain the license plate information and police were able to use it to trace the vehicle to a home in Redford Township, where the two individuals, one aged 16 and the other 17, were apprehended.

After further investigation, the officers also were able to determine the phone had been sold to a local gas station and was subsequently recovered.

Dominick Avanti Valentine, 17, of Redford, was charged and arraigned on one count of robbery unarmed before Hultgren on Oct. 28. Valentine was given a $2,000 10 percent bond and will have a preliminary examination of the evidence against him at 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

The 16-year-old arrestee was taken to the Wayne County Youth Home.

Haddad said the help of the witness was “very valuable” to the responding officers.

“The Dearborn Police appreciates the partnership and commitment of citizens for their assistance in keeping our community safe,” Haddad said.

A third incident also involved officers capturing a suspect after a robbery and chase on Oct. 30.

A police officer on patrol observed a 1993 Toyota traveling at a high rate
of speed on Warren Avenue near Reuter. The officer activated his lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver refused to pull over and turned north on Calhoun.

The officer pursued until the suspect’s vehicle crashed in the 7600 block of Calhoun.

The driver, later identified as Jafara Muhsin Alkurdi, fled on foot from the accident and as officers were looking for him they were approached by a hysterical woman who said a man matching Alkurdi’s description had just entered her home through an unlocked door.

The officers rushed to the house and were able to arrest the subject as he attempted to leave the house.

Further investigation revealed Alkurdi had just committed an unarmed robbery of a cell phone at Warren and Reuter and was fleeing the scene when observed by the officers.

The officers were able to recover the stolen cell phone in the back yard that Alkurdi ran into when he fled on foot from the officers.

They also discovered that the vehicle Alkurdi was driving had been stolen in Detroit on Oct. 24.

Alkurdi was charged with one count each of strong armed robbery, fleeing and eluding police, receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle, first degree home invasion and resisting and opposing an officer.

He was arraigned in 19th District Court and had his bond set at $100,000.

A preliminary exam date was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 8.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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