Robbery suspect held on $5 million bond

Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A 32-year-old Brownstown Township man is jailed on a $5 million bond in connection with tying up an 80-year-old man at knife-point and robbing him and his daughter Jan. 21 in the 1600 block of 16th Street.

Joshua Adam Ulrich and Ashley Deanna Epps, 23, of Monroe, were arraigned in 27th District Court before Judge Randy Kalmbach Feb. 3. Ulrich was charged with home invasion, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, two counts felonious assault and fourth-notice habitual offender. His bail is $5 million, 10 percent.

Bail for his alleged accomplice, Epps, was set at $600,000, 10 percent. She is charged with three felonies of receiving and concealing stolen property more than $1,000 and less than $20,000 and two counts of accessory after the fact.
Both are lodged in the Wayne County Jail.

After Ulrich allegedly tied up the elderly man he reportedly ransacked the house. The man’s daughter, 56, returned to the house during the robbery. Ulrich reportedly ordered the woman to take him to her bedroom and give him her jewelry.

Ulrich reportedly forced the woman to walk outside with him, while holding a knife to her back. They walked to a nearby gas station where Ulrich got into an older green 2-door car.

Police Chief Dan Grant said the woman then ran back to her house and freed her father and called 911.

A break came Jan. 31 when Detective Sgt. Richard Weise saw the car heading north on I-75. Epps and another man were arrested. The man was let go because he wasn’t involved; however, the pair led police to Ulrich’s house. While he wasn’t there, he turned himself into police Feb. 1.

The pair is set to be back in court at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 for probably cause hearings.

Police said all the stolen jewelry was recovered.

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