DEARBORN — A 22-year-old Detroit man reportedly involved in a shooting at Fairlane Town Center Nov. 9 was arrested and arraigned in 19th District Court Nov. 13.
Diente Watts was charged before Judge Sam Salamey with armed robbery, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. His bond was set at $400,000 and required Watts to wear a GPS tether if bond was posted.
A preliminary examination of the evidence against him was scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 4 in 19th District Court.
According to police reports, a 24-year-old Detroit man was shopping at Hutch’s Jewelry Store in the mall with a friend. As they exited the store about 4:30 p.m., they were approached by Watts who grabbed a pair of designer eyeglasses from the man’s face, and a confrontation ensued.
The victim said Watts reached for a concealed handgun. The victim — who has a valid Michigan Concealed Pistol License — drew his pistol and fired two shots at Watts. Watts then fled the mall via the J.C. Penney store along with two unidentified men.
The mall was placed on temporary lockdown while police and Town Center investigated the incident. Shoppers and employees were taken to shelter areas awaiting the lift of the lockdown. The lockdown was lifted about 6:50 p.m.when it was determined all was safe.
Nearby, Henry Ford College and University of Michigan-Dearborn cancelled evening classes, and students were sent home as a result of the shooting.