Three face exam for poker room robbery

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – A preliminary examination of evidence against three men accused in the armed robbery of a Taylor charity poker game has been scheduled for April 25 after a probable cause hearing in 23rd District Court last week confirmed the charges.

Nickolas Jonathan Frederick, 30, and Daniel William Frederick, 29, both of Dearborn Heights, and Michael Eugene Pennington, 26 of Flat Rock were charged earlier this month with multiple felonies including armed robbery, felonious assault and firearms violations.

Police and prosecutors said that about 1 a.m. April 1, two men walked into Momo’s Poker Room, 5841 Telegraph Road, wearing masks and brandishing handguns.

Witnesses said the two had been in the room earlier Thursday evening before returning after midnight and taking with them cash from the charity’s drawer and money from players.

The Frederick brothers were arrested in Dearborn Heights on April 2, and Pennington – said to have been involved “after the fact” – in Flat Rock. Each was charged with three counts of armed robbery and 25 counts of felonious assault, along with assorted firearm charges.

They remained in custody on cash bonds pending Monday’s preliminary exam before 23rd District Court Judge Joseph Slaven.

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