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Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

25-year-old man charged in July 10 shooting and robbery in Ypsilanti Township

By Kyle Feldscher

A 25-year-old Ypsilanti man paroled three months ago could face life in prison after being charged with five felonies in connection with a July 10 shooting on Bedford Drive in Ypsilanti Township.


Christopher Tillison

Courtesy of the state of Michigan

Christopher Tillison faces a charge of assault with intent to murder, three charges of armed robbery, a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felony firearm charge, according to court records. He was arraigned on the charges at the Washtenaw County Jail Tuesday afternoon and is being held on a $250,000 cash bond, said Sgt. Geoffrey Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Tillison is accused of being one of the men involved in the incident, in which an Ypsilanti Township man was shot in the knee at 10:45 a.m. July 10 in the 300 block of Bedford Drive, a street in the Huron Ridge Apartments near Eastern Michigan University. A car hit a second man, 31 years old, soon after the shooting.

“Specific details on who shot and what happened inside the house are not being released right now,” Fox said. “The investigation pointed right to him as being one of the two suspects who committed this crime.”

Tillison was arrested without incident in Ypsilanti Monday, Fox said. He did not know the exact location of the arrest.

The 31-year-old man drove the shooting victim to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital before going back to his apartment on Chestnut Drive, where he was met by police and then transported by Huron Valley Ambulance to the hospital. The men were in stable condition in the days after the incident.

Two men were interviewed and held on warrants that were unrelated to the shooting in the days following the incident. However, Tillison is not one of those people, Fox said.

The second suspect is still at large and police are still searching for information that might identify who that person is.

“We don’t have any information that’s helped us to positively identify the second suspect,” he said. “We have nobody in custody and nobody charged with being the second suspect, but obviously we continue to investigate that.”

The shooting took place exactly three months after Tillison was paroled. The 25-year-old has seven previous felony convictions, according to state records. Charges of assaulting, resisting or obstructing a police officer; possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine; receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000 and two charges of second-degree home invasion stem from a March 19, 2009 incident, records show.

He also has a conviction for receiving and concealing a stolen motor vehicle on July 21, 2007, and unarmed robbery on Oct. 20, 2005.

He was set to be discharged from probation on April 10, 2014.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 4 p.m.

"The 25-year-old has seven previous felony convictions" Please...just keep him in jail this time. The fact that you can't cure a recidivist should be both self-evident and either lock them up or execute them. Where's that "kill a thief with he's auld" quote......


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 2:33 p.m.

If the guy is convicted of these new charges coming so soon on the heels of his previous release, his parole was an obvious blunder. But it's safe to guess overcrowding in prisons weighed in the parole board's decision. Perhaps the not-so obvious next step is to find out how many graffitti artists, homeless beggars, medical marijuana users, deadbeat dads, and other such annoying but not dangerous scofflaws are slumbering in prison beds intended for, well, actual criminals.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 2:12 p.m.

An we have to pay for his incarceration for the rest of his life unless he is let loose on society again. He probably wasn't enrolled in any pre-school educational programs as a kid and was never given a fair chance in life because of his skin color. I saw we give him a few more chances as long as he pronises to not shoot any more people...............


Wed, Mar 27, 2013 : 4:03 p.m.

"and was never given a fair chance in life because of his skin color. " Yup....can't be the president if you're black...


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

Can't think of anyone more deserving of LIFE in Prison?


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 12:17 p.m.

George Bush


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 12:16 a.m.

It is not his fault... the blame is on society. It takes a village.


Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 10:43 p.m.

With this kind of history, he gets a "$250.00 cash bond"? Is this a typo?

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

It was missing a zero. I've fixed it, thanks.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 1:01 a.m.

it IS a comma not a period, but still missing a zero or the comma is in the wrong place


Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 9:30 p.m.

I'm sure he is just a product of his environment and is actually a really keen guy!!


Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 8:41 p.m.

Why of why are these offenders on the street? Is parole that easy to come by?


Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

What?.... has the game changed to 7 strikes so take a walk??


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 12:15 a.m.

Been that way for as long as I can remember.

N. Todd

Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

His name appears to be "Tillson" in his mugshot - not that I care.

N. Todd

Tue, Jul 24, 2012 : 8:27 p.m.

Disregard - After checking OTIS, the spelling in the story appears to be correct. He has used Tillson as an alias.