Teenagers charged in robbery on U-M's North Campus
Two teenagers face multiple felonies after being charged with robbing a University of Michigan student of his cellphone and then hitting him with a car.
Mark Jones, 18, and Billy Venson, 18, both face a charge of unarmed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and delivery of marijuana, according to court records. According to police, Jones and Venson were the only two suspects in the robbery on the afternoon of April 4 in the 1700 block of Cram Circle.
According to police, a U-M student was walking along the sidewalk on Cram Circle talking on his cellphone. An unknown man snuck up behind him and grabbed his cellphone before jumping into a black Dodge Charger that was waiting for him, police said.
As the men drove away from the scene, the car hit the student, police said. The student wasn’t injured in the collision.
Venson and Jones were arrested about an hour later in the 600 block of Oxford Road after a traffic stop revealed they were in possession of marijuana, police said.
Venson and Jones were arraigned on Saturday and are being held in the Washtenaw County Jail. They both have a $75,000 cash or surety bond, according to court records.
Preliminary exams for the two men are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 19.