Police arrest three men for unarmed robbery

DEARBORN — Police arrested three men after an unarmed robbery near a Michigan Avenue and Gulley bus stop about 1:30 p.m. June 30.

Detroit residents Bernard Looper, 21; Cordell Wilson, 23; and Ashley Looper, 18, were arrested for the incident. A fourth person was arrested, but not charged with anything.

Bernard Looper was arranged on unarmed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and second degree habitual offender charges July 2 in 19th District Court before Judge Mark Somers. He was issued a $15,000 bond and is scheduled to appear July 17 in 19th District Court for a preliminary examination of the evidence against him.

Wilson and Ashley Looper also were arranged July 2 before Somers on charges of receiving and concealing stolen property. They were each issues a $500 bond and are scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 17 in 19th District Court.

The 27-year-old victim from Dearborn told police he was at the bus stop when he was approached by two men. One of the men asked the victim if he could use his cell phone, but the victim refused to let him.

The man who requested the victim’ s cell phone grabbed the victim from behind and began choking him while the second man removed the victim ’s cell phone from his pocket. The two assailants then ran east on Michigan Avenue.

Police were notified by a passing motorist who observed the robbery in progress.

The officers were conducting a traffic stop in the area when they responded to the scene where the victim gave a description of the attackers.

Police worked with plain-clothed officers to locate and arrest four men who were believed to have been involved in the robbery.

Following the arrests, officers discovered a loaded handgun with an obliterated serial number in a vehicle being used by the suspects.

“ I am pleased that the focused traffic enforcement efforts during our Operation Blue Light crime suppression initiative resulted in officers being present on a traffic stop in the area during the time of this robbery,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said.

“As always, we rely on a coordinated effort between all units of our department, and the community, to achieve the best possible results in our pursuit of those who would commit violent crimes in our city and surrounding region.”