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Posted on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 11:30 a.m.

Man accused of beating, robbing Ypsilanti man returns to court next month

By Kyle Feldscher

The 23-year-old man accused of being a part of a group that robbed and beat an Ypsilanti man in August will return to court for a final pretrial hearing next month.


Antonio Frank Thomas

Courtesy of the WCSO

Court records show Antonio Frank Thomas was in court Monday for a pretrial hearing. Thomas is charged with armed robbery, assault with intent to rob while armed, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder and assault with a dangerous weapon.

He’s scheduled to return to court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Darlene O’Brien, according to court records.

According to police, Thomas and other men attacked the 53-year-old Ypsilanti man at 9;15 p.m. Aug. 12. Police said Thomas and the other men beat the alleged victim, breaking his jaw and shooting him in the eye with a pellet gun causing permanent blindness. The attackers then went through the man’s pockets, police said.

According to prosecutors, Thomas and the alleged victim knew each other for years before the incident.

Thomas is lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail on a $150,000 bond. If convicted he faces a maximum of life in prison.

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



Tue, Jan 22, 2013 : 6:06 p.m.

What about the other three men. Are you guys going to rest the case with one suspect? Whose to say it was his idea? What if he was just involved with the wrong people and he was the one who was caught? Even if convicted i feel like justice hasnt completely been served.


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 3:43 p.m.

this comment will probably be deleted, so I'm going to speak my mind. a 23 year old beating up on a 53 year old. Typical gang mentality!

An Arborigine

Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 2:19 p.m.

Don't forget your paddle, you'll need it up the river!


Mon, Jan 21, 2013 : 1:45 a.m.

He gets my Grape Ape award.

Susan Ursus

Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

It's practically impossible to make an honest comment about this guy without being deleted.


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 8:51 p.m.

Does he have a 'street' name? Something like 'Dirty D' or 'Tooth'. If this guy is an actual street thug then he'll have a street name which should be included in the story.


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

This guy doesn't deserve another chance. (if guilty)


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 4:45 p.m.

Yep. Don't let him have a chance for rehabilitation. Statistics show he would probably repeat again (IF found guilty of course!).


Sun, Jan 20, 2013 : 4:39 p.m.

Done. He has nothing to contribute to society, so send him away for good.