3 charged in Memorial Day robbery of Navy personnel

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Three men have been charged in the Memorial Day armed robbery of U.S. service members in Detroit, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Anthony Jonvion Smith

Anthony Jonvion Smith, 19; Jawan Spears, 19; and Mark Hansford, 21, were arraigned Tuesday on four counts of armed robbery, one count conspiracy to commit armed robbery and felony firearm, said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office. Smith also faces a charge of being a felon in possession and Hansford is charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

At arraignment, bond was set at $100,000 for Smith and Hansford. Spears’ bond was set at $250,000. All are due back in court June 8 for a probable cause conference and June 13 for a preliminary examination.

Jawan Spears and Mark Hansford

The men are accused of robbing four U.S. service members around 12:10 p.m. Monday in the area of Santa Maria and Meyers in Detroit, officials said. The victims are aged 28, 26, 19 and 21.

Police on Monday identified the victims as Navy personnel, three of whom are on active duty. Four people initially were taken into custody, Officer Jennifer Moreno said at the time.

It was not immediately clear if the fourth person was released or still faced charges.


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