Detroit judge robbed on way to church

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A Detroit judge was robbed Sunday morning on her way to church by a man who told her he had a gun, Detroit Police said Sunday.

According to the police, the unidentified 69-year-old Detroit judge was approached by a man around 8 a.m. as she sat in her car in the 1500 block of Cherboneau Place near Orleans Street in Detroit’s Lafayette Park. She was waiting for a friend to go to church services.

The man told the judge that he had a gun and asked the judge to hand over her purse. The judge complied, said Detroit Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno, and the man took the judge’s purse containing a firearm, an undisclosed amount of cash and miscellaneous items and fled on foot.

“He told her he was going to shoot her if she didn’t give him her purse,” said Moreno. The judge was not injured in the incident, said Moreno.

The man is described as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, between 35-40 years-old with a medium complexion, wearing a white jacket, dark pants and dark shoes.

The incident is the latest robbery attack reported on a judge in Detroit.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg was shot in the leg on his front porch in March 2015 after refusing to let an unknown man inside his home during a suspected robbery attempt.

The judge was approached as he was taking garbage cans to the side of his house in Detroit’s University District and walking back toward his porch when he was approached by two men.

One of the men, Kevin Andre Smith Jr., identified in the Berg incident and acquitted of the shooting of Berg was convicted on lesser charges. He received a 65 to 90 year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, habitual offender; 5 to 10 years for felon in possession of a firearm, habitual offender; and two years for felony firearm in connection with the Berg shooting and other armed robberies in Detroit.

His accomplice, Robert Williams, testified against Smith after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

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