DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Two Detroit-area police sergeants are facing felony charges after prosecutors say they robbed a man believed to have stolen a cellphone belonging to the daughter of one of the officers.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office announced charges Monday against Detroit Sgt. David Pomeroy and St. Clair Shores Sgt. Michael Notoriano.
According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office, Notoriano’s daughter was robbed of her iPhone at a Detroit gas station on July 20.
Prosecutors say Pomeroy and Michael Notoriano traced the phone and confronted three Detroit men at gunpoint the next day. That’s when Pomeroy allegedly took a handgun and the phone and Notoriano took $300 and marijuana before striking one of the men with a gun.
Pomeroy has been charged with armed robbery, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, larceny of a firearm, willful neglect of duty (exercise of unlawful procedure), and two counts of failure to uphold the law (unlawful search, seizure and detention).
Notoriano has been charged with armed robbery, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, two counts felonious assault, two counts of ethnic intimidation, felony firearm, willful neglect of duty (exercise of unlawful procedure), and two counts of failure to uphold the law (unlawful search, seizure and detention).
Both defendants were scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon before Magistrate Sidney Barthwell in 36th District Court in Detroit.
Messages seeking comment were left with their lawyers.
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