3 teens charged with attempted murder for shooting at men in Ypsilanti Township
Courtesy of Washtenaw County Jail
Courtesy of WCJ
Three teens have now been charged for shooting at two men standing outside an Ypsilanti Township home early Wednesday morning.
Fifteen-year-old Davon Davis was arraigned Thursday on two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assaulting and resisting a police officer, carrying a concealed weapon and commission of a felony with a firearm. He is being charged as adult.
Family members of 17-year-old Marquell Ganter and 18-year-old Garland Johnson packed the lobby Friday at the Washtenaw County Service Center where they tearfully watched as the two teens were arraigned on attempted murder charges via video from the jail, where they are both being held on $500,000 cash bonds.
Ganter sobbed throughout the proceedings, where he was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, receiving and concealing a firearm, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent, carrying a concealed weapon, assaulting or resisting a police officer and commission of a felony with a firearm.
Ganter is accused of "accidentally" firing off a round at two deputies during a chase, police said.
Johnson faces two counts of assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, assaulting or resisting a police officer, attempted breaking entering and commission of a felony in which a motor vehicle was used.
Police believe Johnson was the gunman who fired off five shots from the back of a Chevy Impala at two men standing in front of a residence in the 500 block of Greenlawn Avenue Wednesday around 5:50 a.m.
Police said Johnson attempted to steal a motorcycle from the shed at the home earlier in the morning when he was interrupted and confronted by one of the two men. The three teens went across Michigan Avenue, where there was a second confrontation with the two men, police said.
Some time after the second confrontation, the teens are accused of driving by the residence on Greenlawn, when the shots were fired.
"It's a miracle (the two men) weren't stuck," said Det. Katrina Robinson of the sheriff's office while arguing for $1 million bonds for Ganter and Johnson.
"I didn't know them," Ganter said between sobs during the arraignment.
Johnson, who allegedly fired the gun, said he didn't intend to hit anyone with the shots.
"When I shot the firearm, I did not shoot it at (anybody)," he said.
The rounds hit the house and an SUV parked in the driveway.
As they attempted to getaway, four suspects in the vehicle hit a parked car a few houses away and tried fleeing on foot. Deputies caught up with Davis, Ganter and Johnson on a nearby Interstate 94 off-ramp.
By the time the deputies were out of the patrol vehicle and chasing the three teens on foot, Ganter had the pistol
"He said he accidentally fired the gun," Robinson said.
The gun was allegedly stolen from a vehicle earlier in the month, police said.
Deputies arrested Davis and Johnson on Tyler Road soon after the shots were fired. Ganter got away and a hours-long manhunt ensued invoking canine units and a helicopter. Ganter eventually turned himself in, police said at the arraignment.
All three teens are from Ypsilanti Township.
Both Ganter and Johnson were given preliminary examination dates of Sept. 3 by Magistrate Elisha Fink. They remain in the Washtenaw County Jail. Davis is in custody at the juvenile detention center. He did not have a booking picture available because he wasn't processed through the jail, according to police.
Fink decided on $500,000 bonds for Johnson and Ganter instead of the $1 million bond requested by police.
"I'm not a threat to the outside," Johnson said during bond arguments "I'm a good kid. I just want to say sorry to everybody."
A fourth person was questioned by investigators, but is not currently in custody, police said.
Davis is being held on $300,000 bond in the juvenile detention center, according to court records.