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Posted on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 2:50 p.m.

Police: Men pistol-whipped mechanic, then drove off with his puppy

By John Counts


Derrell Evans

Courtesy of WCSO


Marchel Seuell

Courtesy of WCSO

Two Ypsilanti Township men accused of pistol-whipping a man and driving off with his pit bull puppy had a court hearing rescheduled Tuesday, records indicate.

Derrell Evans, 21, and Marchal Seuell, 20, are charged with armed robbery for an incident that occurred earlier this month involving a 46-year-old Ypsilanti Township man Seuell hired to fix his car, police said.

Around 10:20 p.m. on April 4, the 46-year-old met the two men at a parking lot in the 100 block of South Grove Street in Ypsilanti to fix Seuell's 2003 Buick, police said. None of the men lived nearby, but the 46-year-old did not want to go to the high-crime area of MacArthur Boulevard, where the two men lived, for fear of his safety, said Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts.

Police said Seuell did not have enough money to pay for the brake job, so Evans first pointed a gun at the 46-year-old, then pistol-whipped him as the car was being brought down off the jacks.

Seuell and Evans hopped inside the car, where the 46-year-old had put his pit bull puppy while working on the car, according to police.

“He wanted the dog back, but they wouldn’t let him get it out of the car,” Eberts said.

The suspects fled with the puppy in tow. Seuell and Evans were arrested a short time later in the 9800 block of MacArthur Boulevard by sheriff's deputies who pulled the Buick over after receiving a vehicle description, Eberts said.

Deputies took the small pit bull puppy and a handgun from vehicle, and the two men were arrested. Owner and puppy were reunited.

Preliminary examinations for the two suspects were moved Tuesday to May 7 in the 14-A1 District Court, records indicate.

Evans is also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm and felony firearm, second offense. Seuell also faces a count of carrying a concealed weapon. They were arraigned on all charged April 5. Both are free on 10 percent of $2,000 bonds.

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Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 10:16 p.m.

Why do liberal judges want dangerous thugs running the streets, terrorizing people in their neighborhoods? I don't get it.


Sun, Apr 21, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

Job Security.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 7:38 p.m.

Really low bond, I was in jail a few weeks ago for driving on suspended license 2nd offense my bond was 3,000 10%. Guess they know where the moneys at.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

Yes these door knobs needed a bigger bond.

1982 Brew Crew

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

$2,000 bond for pistol whipping a man and stealing his dog and labor? Seems very light.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:53 a.m.

Two things the mechanic should have done. Well maybe 3. 1. get paid up front. 2. don't think Id take a job from these guys... 3. after they pointed a gun at me and I was taking the car back down, Id have ripped out the brake line and told them to drive fast ;)

Hugh Giariola

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:28 a.m.

MacArthur Blvd VS. South Grove St? Going from the frying pan into the fire.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:21 a.m.

I wonder where the gun control folks are now? There are very tough laws in place for violent repeat offenders who use guns, like this, but they are almost never enforced. If you don't enforce the laws we have, there is no point in passing new ones. Follow this case people. The bond is a clue. If they are found guilty, it will be a slap on the wrist. Sad to say for guys this young, but if they are guilty, they should be separated from society, for the protection of society.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:30 a.m.

Are these rules not in place anymore? a felony firearms conviction requires a MANDATORY two-year minimum prison sentence if it is your first offense and a MANDATORY five-year minimum prison sentence if it is your second offense.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 10:56 a.m.

Oh don't I feel safe for me & my family with these two creeps out on a low 200 bucks get out of jail card?!?!? Not. Like the others here ----- please give us this judges name. They should not of been set free!


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 8:08 a.m.

How much was Mr. 46 year old man asking to be paid? If they can afford the $200 get out of jail free card then surely they had enough for their break job? Pathetic.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 4:20 a.m.

Who was the judge that set such a low bond John? We the voters would appreciate this kind of information.

John Counts

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

Court records indicate it was Magistrate Elisha Fink.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:55 a.m.

Both are free on 10 percent of $2,000 bonds. Why is the bond so onerous? Armed robbery, pistol whipping, dog snatching, concealed weapons, second weapons offense, theft of services? C'mon! Boys will be boys!


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:32 a.m.

Grove road is just as bad as MacArthur Boulevard. Just ask YPD were they spend a good amount of time at, South Grove.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

John, could you tell us who the Judge is that determined the accused were not a danger to society or the victim? Since we are currently in the midst of a trial for murder in which a witness was killed, maybe we should know who's playing roulette with public safety...

John Counts

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1:45 p.m.

The two men were arraigned by Magistrate Elisha Fink, according to court records. Bond is generally set during arraignment.

martini man

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:39 a.m.

Once these men stand trial I am sure the judge will lower the boom on them. The justice system will punish them severely for their foul deeds. I am sure probation and counseling will be first and foremost on the agenda . Take that you wicked criminals. Who says there isn't any justice these days ???

martini man

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:35 a.m.

Wow ...$200 to get out of jail ??? And all they did was pistol whip a man, steal his dog, while committing felony firearm second offence. ( allegedly )...Why didn't the liberal judge just make it a personal recog ..thing. After all these guys can't be all that bad. It's not like they smoked a cigar within 100 yards of a school building or abortion clinic. geesh !!! Give 'em a break !!


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

Both are in OTIS. No surprise.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 10:13 p.m.

This is exactly why we have gun crime and violent crime. Possession of a firearm, and felony firearm SECOND OFFENSE. And this guys is released after paying $200!!!!!. Where is the logic in legislatively punishing law abiding citizens rights on firearms, but giving a felon a pass when multiple existing firearms laws are broken with a joke $200 bail. Don't be surprised when this clown breaks the law again, only next time someone may get killed, and once again the law abiding gun owner will be the target of the "solution" to that gun violence.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 4:05 p.m.

Who is legislatively punishing law abiding citizens rights on firearms?


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

THough I agree that this particular low bond amount is disgusting, and generally negatively comment about our judges setting too low bonds and too short of sentences, I believe part of the issue is that we simlydon't have the space (nor the financial resources) to incarcerate all those who are awaiting trial. Even though our jail ws expanded, we can only house so many people while awaiting trial.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

They had no problem keeping me for 3 days on dwls


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 11:26 a.m.

The same people that complain about bail are the same ones that complain about high taxes,


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

So these guys are willing to pull a gun and assault a person over a brake job and our courts don't see a problem putting them back on the streets? Where's the accountability in our court system?


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

Pay $200 and see 'ya! What's wrong with this picture??

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

And are FREE???????? Good grief! What's to keep them from attacking someone else or fleeing the jurisdiction?


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:52 a.m.



Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:49 p.m.

Ridiculous....hope they earn some real time, this time.

tom swift jr.

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

"The suspects fled with the puppy in tow." I saw this scene, National Lampoon Vacation, right? Motorcycle Cop: How do you think that little dog feels? Clark: Look, I told you I was sorry. It really was an accident. Motorcycle Cop: Well, I guess I can buy that, sir. But it is a shame. I had a pooch like this when I was a kid. [both Clark and the motorcycle cop sorrowfully look at the empty road behind them] Motorcycle Cop: Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for a mile or so. [tearing up] Motorcycle Cop: Tough little mutt...

John Counts

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1:43 p.m.

The dog was not "towed" in the literal sense. "In tow" also means accompanied by.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

" . . . The suspects fled with the puppy in tow" makes it sound much nastier, as though they were dragging the dog by its leash, when it was in fact inside the car. No charges for stealing the pup? Isn't dognapping a crime also?


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 8:15 p.m.

I don't find this funny. And stealing a puppy is theft of property.


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:21 p.m.

"felony firearm, second offense" sigh

C. Montgomery Burns

Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

"Release the hound."


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 7:10 p.m.

Stealing a brake job - Wrong, but I understand crime happens. Stealing a brake job by pistol-whipping a guy - This is ultra-wrong, there's no need for violence over such petit amounts. Stealing a brake job and a puppy - Enjoy the seat next to Judas and Brutus


Wed, Apr 17, 2013 : 6:57 p.m.

Free after 10% of a $2000 bond??? Should have just paid for the break job. Big dummy.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 8:19 p.m.

Unbelievable where these judges prorities are.

Get over it

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 3:17 a.m.

We want gun control what about people control out for 2000


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:33 a.m.

Some people aren't that smart.