Second suspect arrested for break-in at newspaper

SecondarrestPowellBy ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Police arrested a second suspect in the break-in attempt at Arab American News, 5706 Chase Road.

Kawayne Powell, 22, of Taylor turned himself into police on March 21 in connection with the incident.

Deandre Bey, 20, of Detroit was arrested March 14 for his connection to the incident.
Both men were arraigned in 19th District Court on breaking and entering attempt, larceny from vehicle, malicious destruction of property and possession of burglary tools charges.

Powell was arraigned March 22 before Judge William Hultgren. Bond was set 10 percent of $50,000 cash or surety with a required GPS tether if Powell was released from custody.

Bey’s arraignment took place March 17 before Judge Mark Somers. His bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 cash or surety and a GPS tether required upon release from custody.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against them is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 1 before Somers in 19th District Court.

Officers responded to the Arab American News about 2:30 a.m. March 11 after employees heard loud bangs outside near the back door where a hole was found in the glass. Eleven employees were in the building finishing an issue of the newspaper and were visible to the suspects.

Security footage showed two men lurking outside the building’s back door entrance before shattering the glass with a blunt object, according to police.

The two men fled in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Employees were able to hide in a safe area where they called police.

No one was injured during the incident and officers were able to determine that no shots were fired.

“This cowardly attack will not deter us from continuing our journalistic mission,” Arab American News Owner and Publisher Osama Siblani said on the newspaper’s website. “We have been here for 31 years. We have endured many threats in the past and they have not moved us from continuing to report the truth. We were fortunate that no one was harmed.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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