2 charged in Detroit police standoff, cab fare dispute

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Two men were formally charged Monday in connection with a police standoff last week that began when one of them allegedly failed to pay an $11 cab fare for a ride on the city's west side.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged Deandre Hayes, 33, and Danyell Harris, 22, both of Detroit, in connection with the incident Jan. 26 in the 7100 block of Varjo.

According to authorities, a 64-year-old male cab driver drove Harris to a house on Varjo. After arriving at the destination, Harris went inside to get the $11 to pay the cab fare. The cab driver waited for several minute and later honked his horn but Harris failed to come back.

Hayes allegedly came out of the house with a shotgun and pointed it at the cab driver. The driver left the location and called 911. When Detroit police officers got the home, Hayes refused to come out and a barricaded situation followed, according to the prosecutor's office.

Special Response Team members were called to the home and arrested Harris and Hayes. The men were charged on separate warrants.

Hayes was charged with felonious assault and felony firearm. Harris was charged with a misdemeanor of false pretenses under $200. 

At their arraignments Monday, Hayes was granted a $1,000 bond and Harris was given a $500 personal bond.

Hayes' probable cause conference is scheduled for Feb. 8, and his preliminary exam for Feb. 15, both before Judge William McConico. 

Harris' pretrial conference is scheduled for Feb. 1, before Judge Kenneth King.


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