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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Detroit Man and Woman Charged in May 18th Police Shootings

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Deantrae Corey Oneal, 22 (DOB: 06/11/1996), and Breanna Takesha Washington, 22 (DOB: 10/20/1996), both of Detroit, in connection with shooting and wounding two Detroit Police officers and injuring a third officer.

On May 18, 2019 at 10:35 p.m., three uniformed police officers were on routine patrol in a fully marked vehicle when they stopped to investigate a sports utility vehicle in the alley of the 16500 block of Greenfield. It is alleged that the vehicle was driven by Oneal with Defendant Washington in the front passenger seat. While Officer Christopher Bush investigated Oneal, he became uncooperative, placed the car in reverse, striking Officer Bush's legs. It is alleged that Oneal then exited the car and fired a handgun weapon at the three officers. As a result, the officers exchanged gun fire with Oneal before he escaped on foot. Investigation by the Detroit Police Special Response Team led to the arrest of the defendant, who was found hiding in the basement of a house in the 15700 block of Prest.

Officer Bush suffered leg injuries and Officer Mario Rodriguez was wounded in the abdomen. The third officer was injured, but did not sustain gunshot wounds. All of the officers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. After he was arrested, the defendant was transported by medics to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained when he fired upon the officers.

Defendant Washington has been charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact.* It is alleged that she gave false information to the police when they were investigating the shooting incident. She was arraigned on May 29, 2019 before 36th District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea.The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for June 4, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Michael Wagner in 36th District Court. The defendant received a $25,000/10% bond. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

Oneal has been charged with: 1) three counts of Assault with Intent to Murder; 2) Police Officer -Resisting/Obstructing/Assaulting, Causing Serious Impairment; 3) Home Invasion - Second Degree; 4) Felon In Possession; 5) Carrying Concealed Weapon; 6) two counts of Police Officer- Resisting/Obstructing Causing Injury and 8) three counts of Felony Firearm.*

He was arraigned on May 28, 2019 before 36th District Court Magistrate Dawn White and received a $1,000,000 cash/surety bond. He will have a Probable Cause Conference on June 4, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; his Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Michael Wagner in 36th District Court. Oneal is represented by attorney Marlon Evans.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Eastpointe Man Charged in Robbery and Fatal Shooting
Over Cartier Glasses

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Mario Martinez Buthia, 20 (08/11/1998), of Eastpointe in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of Latae'o Nathan Garrett, 18, also of Eastpointe. On May 25, 2019 at 11:23 p.m. Detroit police officers were dispatched to a shooting at a gas station located in the 11000 block of East Seven Mile Road. It is alleged that Buthia attempted to take the victim's Cartier glasses and when he resisted Buthia shot him in the abdomen. The victim received medical treatment from medics at the scene and was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to the gunshot wound. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the identification and arrest of Buthia on May 28, 2019.

Buthia has been charged with First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and four counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned on Friday, May 31, 2019 and remanded to jail. His Probable Cause Conference is on June 14, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and his Preliminary Examination is on June 21, 2019, both before Judge Kenyetta Jones in 36th District Court. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department after the arraignment.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Detroit Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of Cab Driver
on Collingwood Street

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Curtis Johnson, 35 (DOB: 03/16/1984), of Detroit, in connection with the fatal shooting of cab driver Zainul Mohammad, 54, of Hamtramck. On May 25, 2019 at 1:17 a.m. it is alleged that Johnson got into Mr. Mohammed's cab and fatally shot him multiple times in the back of his head in the 600 block of Collingwood. The defendant fled from the scene on foot.

Detroit police officers were dispatched to the scene. The police observed that the back of Mr. Mohammed's head was wounded, and the inside of his right pants pocket was pulled inside out. Medics pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. Investigation by Detroit police resulted in the identification and arrest of the defendant on May 29, 2019.

Defendant Johnson has been charged with: First Degree Murder, Felony Murder, Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and four counts of Felony Firearm.* He was arraigned this afternoon before 36th District Court Magistrate Millicent Sherman. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for June 13, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. Both hearings are before Judge Michael Wagner in 36th District Court. The defendant was remanded to jail. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Michigan Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Receives
National Traffic Safety Award

The National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) has selected Jennifer Douglas, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County, Michigan, as the recipient of its 2019 National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year Award.

The NAPC provides leadership, training, legislative advocacy and support services for America's state and local prosecutors. NAPC, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), presents this annual award to an outstanding prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to save lives in impaired driving and vehicular homicide cases.

Kym L. Worthy, the Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County, Michigan said, "Jennifer is detailed, deliberate, methodical, and extremely dedicated to these cases. She is up before dawn and still working after sunset. I am so proud that her home and work base is in Wayne County."

Ms. Douglas was nominated by office mate Anna Posigian, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney assigned to the Homicide Unit. Posigian wrote that, "Jennifer is assigned to the Homicide Unit - Fatal Case. Until very recently, she was a unit of one." Despite having another prosecutor taking part of the caseload, Jennifer "continues to carry the lion's share." Posigian described Douglas' many responsibilities and attributes:

Ø Douglas is responsible for reviewing every single warrant submitted involving a motor vehicle (from cars to garbage trucks to backhoes) and a fatality from every agency within Wayne County.

Ø She works with more than fifty cities and townships, as well as university and state police, and the sheriff's department.

Ø She reviews all cases whether an offender is charged with a felony or misdemeanor, or charges are denied.

Ø Her reviews often involve hours of surveillance, scout car, body-worn camera and interview videos, reams of medical records, extensive police reports and witness statements, medical examiner reports and photos, and whatever other information might be available and relevant.

Ø She also makes court appearances in felony circuit and city district courts, and she communicates and meets with victims' families and defense attorneys.Posigian added that Douglas is especially compassionate when dealing with victims. "Considering that these families have an incredibly difficult time dealing with the unexpected and shocking loss of their loved one, Douglas displays great patience and kindness, and often talks with the same family members, answering the same questions every day. Through it all, Douglas treats everyone with dignity and respect regardless of whether they are the family members of a victim, police officers, defense attorneys or co-workers." Douglas "routinely comes in early and stays well into the evening to ensure her cases are properly prepared for hearing or trial, that the families are informed of all stages of the proceedings, and that her warrant reviews are thoroughly completed," Posigian said. "Despite working incredibly long hours for wholly inadequate pay, and her stresses at home, Jennifer is always upbeat and positive. She has a sharp wit, and can find humor in even the most frustrating of circumstances. Every day, she goes above and beyond to keep the streets of Wayne County as safe as possible for all travelers and pedestrians, and does it with a smile on her face."

CONTACT: Michael R. Galantino
NAPC Executive Director(610) 506-0201
MRGalantino@napc.us

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