Feds: Wig- and makeup-wearing robbery ring busted

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A group of six men who wore wigs and makeup while robbing credit unions in Livonia, Ann Arbor and Lansing have been charged with the crime, federal authorities announced this week. One woman remains at large.

Eight robberies from Sept. 9 to Dec. 11 collectively netted the group more than $151,000, officials said.

Angelo George Mitchell, 18, Allante Williams, 21, Terrell Reese, 18, James Steen, 21, Defonta Howard, 21, and Jonathan Daffin, 30, have been charged with conspiracy to rob a credit union, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Michigan State Police arrested the men Dec. 11 after FBI surveillance tracked them in two vehicles on westbound Interstate 96. The men were wearing makeup and allegedly on their way to rob a credit union in Lansing, officials said.

“Mitchell and others are using disguises and makeup to conceal their tattoos and identities,” FBI Special Agent Douglas Brownback wrote in an affidavit complaint. “Specifically, Mitchell has been observed in security video wearing makeup, wearing glasses, wearing multiple hats and wearing wigs.”

Mitchell’s 22-year-old sister, Scantavia Ronda Isaac, who is accused of being involved in the robberies, remains at large, police said Friday.

From Sept. 9 to Dec. 1, the group is accused of conducting eight robberies in Lansing, Marysville, Ann Arbor and Livonia.

In the robberies, the group demanded either $30,000 or $60,000 from tellers.