Exam continues in poker-room robbery

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – Ongoing preliminary examinations continued last week and are expected to conclude Monday before two men charged in the armed robbery of a charity poker game will likely be bound over to circuit court.

Dearborn Heights brothers Nickolas Jonathan Frederick, 30, and Daniel William Frederick, 29, face dozens of armed robbery and felonious assault charges for the April 1 robbery of patrons at Momo’s Charity Poker Room on Telegraph Road.

Prosecutors presented evidence before 23rd District Court Judge Joseph Slaven June 13 – a continuation of exams that began last month – and are expected to conclude June 20. Witnesses described seeing two masked men enter the room with weapons drawn and forcibly take money from players and the charity organizers.

According to police reports, the Fredericks had been seen playing poker earlier that evening.

The Frederick brothers remained in custody on $200,000 bond each.

A third suspect, 26-year-old Michael Eugene Pennington of Flat Rock – who Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said had become involved in the armed robbery “after the fact” – was released after his bond was reduced.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)