By Charles Sercombe
The three Detroit men who attempted to rob Mike’s Jewelry & Pawn Shop on Jos. Campau last Thursday afternoon had a “game plan,” said Hamtramck Detective Robert George.
But that plan failed fatally when 50-year-old Frank Jackson pulled a gun and held it to the head of a security guard.
The guard grabbed the gun and fired at Jackson, killing him. Detective George could not go into detail of the incident, but said there was an exchange of gunfire. The security guard was wounded but it is not clear if it was the result of gunfire.
The two other suspects, Darnell Redmond, 17, and Jawanta Covington, 20, went to leave the store but the security guard ordered them to halt and hit the ground. The suspects, both armed, complied and police arrived within 30 seconds.
The suspects were arraigned on Sunday on a variety of felony charges, which include armed robbery, assault with intent to murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
All together, the two face a maximum penalty of life in prison. They are scheduled to have a preliminary examination next Thursday, Aug. 15, in Hamtramck 31st District Court.
All three men have an extensive criminal record.
The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the security guard fired in self-defense and won’t face criminal charges, George said.
There had been talk of a get-away car being involved, but George said that is still being investigated.
So far, it’s not known if the trio are linked to any other robberies in the metro area.