DETROIT (CBS Detroit) A pair of brothers — 16 and 17 years old — who were shot by a utility worker after robbing the man and his partner, were charged with robbery Wednesday. Police said one of the teens put a gun to the head of one of the workers, demanding his phone, and the partner fired his own gun, striking and wounding  both brothers.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy charged Niko Brown, 17, and his brother Devontay Brown, 16, in connection with the armed robbery of two men who were working on a light pole at the corner of Cloverlawn and Schoolcraft. The incident happened at 9 p.m. Feb. 7.

Niko Brown was allegedly armed with a gun and accompanied by his brother Devontay Brown when they robbed the men of their money. After the defendants took the money, they allegedly attempted to rob one of the workers of a phone while Niko Brown placed a weapon to his head.

The other worker was able to retrieve a weapon, fired shots and wounded both defendants. Detroit police officers were called to the scene and discovered the defendants wounded nearby. They were taken by EMS to a local hospital for treatment.

Niko Brown has been charged with armed robbery and felony firearm. Devontay Brown, a juvenile, will be tried as an adult on an armed robbery charge. They were arraigned in the hospital Tuesday, with their preliminary  scheduled for Feb. 25.

The bond for Niko Brown is $300,000 cash or surety. Bond for Devontay Brown is $100,000 cash or surety.


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