DEARBORN (WWJ) – Three men, including one who disguised himself as a woman, have been sentenced to prison time for an assault and armed robbery at a Dearborn jewelry store.
Uriel Drake, Martez Lyons, Denzell Bunkley each accepted a plea deal earlier this month in connection with the crime in December of last year.
Police said the trio entered a jewelry store, in the area of Warren Ave. near Schaefer, all posing as customers — with one disguised as a female wearing a full robe and hijab, a Muslim head covering.
The three appeared to be browsing the merchandise, police said, before one pulled out a gun and “brutally attacked and pistol-whipped” the store owner with it. That’s when police say the suspects smashed several display cases and grabbed the goods.
They fled following the robbery, but were identified after surveillance footage of the incident was released to the media.
“They had the nerve to wear disguises and traditional Arab garb,” said Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, following the arrests. “They had to be buzzed into the store and that kind of made the owner think that it was somebody from the community.”
Drake, 26, pleaded no contest to robbery and felony firearm and was sentenced to five to 20 years for armed robbery and two years for felony firearm. Lyons, 19, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to five to 20 years. Bunkley, 24, pleaded guilty to felony firearm and was sentenced to two years.
Police said it is believed the three are responsible for several other violent crimes in Dearborn and surrounding communities.