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Posted on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

Police: 16-year-old accused of robbing and shooting man will be charged as adult

By John Counts

A 16-year-old Superior Township boy was arrested and will be charged as an adult after being accused of robbing and then shooting a 39-year-old man.

Bertel Franklin Gibbs was arraigned Wednesday on charges of assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, armed robbery and three counts of felony firearm.

"Due to the seriousness of the crimes, he has been charged as an adult," said a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

The 39-year-old Ypsilanti Township man told police he was walking through an apartment complex in the 1100 block of South Harris Road Monday night when Gibbs allegedly brandished a handgun and told the man to give him all his money.

Gibbs is accused of shooting the man in the leg after the man handed over his cash. Police would not disclose how much money was taken. Neither the man nor the suspect lived at the apartment complex but did know each other, police said.

The Ypsilanti Township man was taken to the hospital and treated for the gunshot wound. He has since been released.

Gibbs was given a $500,000 bond and is being held at the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center. No booking picture was immediately available because Gibbs was processed as a juvenile.

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Billy Bob Schwartz

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

I'm just curious why this person is not identified in the headline as a teenager. He surely fits the bill.

Superior Twp voter

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

GOOD! No bond TOO high.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:53 p.m.

Just another reason we are leaving Ypsilanti.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

Praying for you!!


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

His dad's already in at FCI Three Rivers in southern Texas. Pretty sad case of history repeating itself.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:36 a.m.

Let's hope he'll be locked up long enough to prevent another generation (if he is guilty).


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 2:44 p.m.


Jeffersonian Liberal

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

Which progressive Judge gets to slap junior on the wrist and turn him lose on society?

Tom Todd

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.

room/board/healthcare/heat/A.C. wow sounds like a pension.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:35 a.m.

Let's hope it's a pension, because pensions are usually for the rest of one's life.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 10:59 p.m.

Lock his parents up as well.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:33 a.m.

Seriously, they may already be locked up.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3 p.m.

Yes, yes, YES!!!!


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

Excellent news!