Man facing 20 charges in double shooting has history of theft, violence
Detroit — A 30-year-old Detroit man, facing 20 felony counts in an early December shooting and armed robbery on the city's west side, has a history of criminal offenses, records show.
Detroit police arrested Michael James Allen, 30, on Friday, records show.
By Wednesday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had charged Allen with 20 felonies: conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, armed robbery, firearms possession by a felon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, firearms discharge in/at a building, causing serious impairment, along with two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and 10 counts of felony firearm.
On the afternoon of Dec. 5, a man entered Sammy's Appliances on West Warren and shot two male employees, authorities say.
A Dearborn Heights man, Javon Dabney, 26, was charged later that month with eight felonies: armed robbery, conspiracy to assault with intent to murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder, and three counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Dabney had allegedly purchased several appliances from the store and, after delivery, complained to the store manager on the phone and in person about a stove that wasn't working.
Prosecutors said the manager advised him the store did not offer refunds but would replace the stove. Dabney allegedly argued and threatened the owner, manager and employees of the store before he left.
The shooting took place a half-hour later.
But in February, the charges against Dabney were dismissed.
A Fox 2 Detroit story on Dabney's case aired surveillance video of the shooting that showed a white man's hand was holding the gun. Dabney is black.
The charges against Dabney were dismissed without prejudice, court records show, due to "insufficient evidence."
Allen is white.
Three days after the shooting at Sammy's, Allen was arrested by Dearborn Police Department on suspicion of felony forgery and counterfeiting. He pleaded guilty a month later to an ordinance violation, false pretenses under $200, and was sentenced to 30 days in Wayne County Jail.
Two weeks before the shooting, Allen was arrested by Lincoln Park police on suspicion of felony assault. In March he pleaded guilty to an ordinance violation related to weapons and served 60 days in county jail.
36th District Court records show that Allen was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon by Magistrate Laura Echartea, but it was removed from the calendar.