Four Men Charged in Michigan Marijuana Dispensary Burglary and Multi-State Police Chase

February 6th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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Four individuals were arraigned in Hillsdale County, Michigan, following their involvement in a burglary at a marijuana dispensary and subsequent cross-state police chase. The incident, unfolding on January 31st, led to the apprehension of the suspects on February 2nd.

The accused, Dontay Dequan Banks, 19; Treshaun Omeirr Boykins, 23; Milton Tyier Hudson, 18; and Jeremiah Javon Smith, 18, face multiple felony charges. These include breaking and entering with the intent to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, receiving and concealing stolen property, third-degree fleeing from police, and resisting arrest. Their arraignment took place via video teleconference from the Hillsdale County Jail, where they were informed of their charges and assigned court-appointed attorneys.

The incident began when the Michigan State Police were alerted to a break-in at The Pinnacle Emporium, a marijuana dispensary in Camden, Michigan. Upon arrival, officers encountered the suspects along with a juvenile in a 2018 white Kia parked outside the premises. Attempting to evade capture, the suspects led police on a high-speed pursuit that extended from Michigan into Ohio and Indiana, with speeds surpassing 100 miles per hour. The chase eventually circled back into Michigan, where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuver was used to halt the vehicle in southern Branch County, just shy of Calhoun County.

Following the vehicle's immobilization, the suspects attempted to flee on foot but were quickly captured by law enforcement. The juvenile involved was released to his parents, while the four men were detained at the Branch County Jail before being transferred to Hillsdale County Jail.

Investigations revealed the vehicle used in the crime was stolen. In court, Judge Megan Stiverson highlighted the Hillsdale County Court's new Community Corrections Program, labeling the defendants as "low-risk" for future court appearances due to their lack of prior criminal history. Consequently, Stiverson granted each man a personal recognizance bond and mandated adherence to the program's supervision requirements.

The four are slated to return to court for probable cause conferences on February 14th, facing a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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