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Posted on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 9:58 a.m.

Man facing federal charges in robbery at 7-Eleven in Ypsilanti Township

By Lee Higgins

A man is facing federal charges after investigators said he fired a shot during a robbery last June at a 7-Eleven in Ypsilanti Township.

Mario Hairston, 26, was charged Tuesday in a federal criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence, interference with commerce by threats or violence and delivery of a controlled substance.



Agents said Hairston wore a mask as he robbed the 7-Eleven at 2200 Ellsworth Road at 3:24 a.m. June 7, taking $100 cash and 10 packs of cigarettes. Investigators said he pointed a gun at a customer and stole her purse. Police also said Hairston pushed a cashier behind the counter and fired a shot.

Agents identified Hairston as being responsible after his fingerprints were found on a withdrawal slip passed at a bank two days after the robbery, an affidavit by ATF Special Agent Joseph Nether says. Hairston was allegedly attempting to withdraw money from one of the robbery victim's bank accounts. In addition, investigators said they recovered a necklace Hairston wore during the robbery.

Some charges stem from a search warrant executed at his Ypsilanti Township home while the robbery investigation was ongoing. Agents and Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies were conducting a separate drug investigation and found more than 27 grams of marijuana and a loaded revolver during the Aug. 24 search, the affidavit says.

Hairston is in prison on a parole violation. He has previous convictions for breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit second-degree home invasion, court records show.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Fri, Mar 16, 2012 : 12:25 a.m.

Wow a parolee trying to withdraw cash from a victim's account while wearing a stolen necklace demonstrates profound limitations. I'm glad the ATF made the collar but really with this guy wouldn't a box with a stick under one end work just as well. One things for sure, he's going to soon learn what the term Federal Case really means. Goodbye Mr. Chips.


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 4:22 p.m.

The Fed Pen has NO parole and very little time off for good behavior. The sentence guidlines are charted taking into account many factors of the current crime as well as past. There really is no maximum sentence. Although this system removes "wiggle room" for judges, perhaps it is a better way than the State method. It also seems like our parole system lets too many out too early, in the Fed system sorry means nothing- Do the Crime, Do the Time.


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 4:09 p.m.

Wow, by looking at his record and release dates on OTIS, it appears he is unable to stay out of trouble for very long. Hopefully, if (and only IF,, do not delete the post, I am NOT presuming guilt here) found guilty, the sentencing judge notes that and gives him the maximum sentence this time to keep him in off the streets until he is to old to be a threat again! Some people you just can't change!


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 3:10 p.m.

How is this a federal crime, rather than being handled under state law?


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

And by ATF, I mean the BATFE


Wed, Mar 14, 2012 : 3:58 p.m.

Looks like he was caught by the ATF. If they're the ones pursuing the case, they'd do it federally, not through the state.