TROY (WWJ) – A Detroit teenager is facing several charges after police say he robbed a couple at gunpoint while they were shopping at the Somerset Collection mall in Troy.
Police say 18-year-old Kereim Jwron Robertson is charged with two counts of armed robbery, felony firearm, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and resisting and obstructing a police officer.
Troy Police responded to the shopping center just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday on a report of one woman and three men fighting inside the mall.
As officers were responding, information was received that the incident involved some type of theft and that one suspect was fleeing the area in a white full-size van. Police located and stopped the van near Lakeview and Big Beaver, where Robertson was taken into custody after a brief scuffle.
Officers spoke with the victims who stated that they had just exited the True Religion store where the woman had purchased a pair of jeans and a shirt. As they walked away from the store, they noticed two men sitting on a bench outside the store.
The victims told police that one of the men who had been seated on the bench grabbed the male victim and ripped a pair of $1,800 Cartier eyeglasses off his face.
As the male victim scuffled with his assailant, the other man who had been on the bench pulled the revolver out of his front pants pocket while the assailant told him to “bust him.” The victim backed off after seeing the gun. Robertson then grabbed the woman’s purse and True Religion shopping bag and took off running.
The couple followed the two suspects at a distance but lost sight of one. The other suspect was seen leaving in the white van.
Police searched the van and located a six shot revolver with five live rounds under the driver’s seat cushion. The woman’s purse and True Religion shopping bag were also located in the van. The now broken Cartier glasses were recovered in the area where the confrontation had occurred. The second suspect was not captured and remains at large.
Robertson is due back in court for a pre-trial on June 4.