Detroit man charged in Monday’s Fairlane shooting

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A Detroit man has been charged in connection with firing a gun during a robbery Monday at Fairlane Town Center.

Diente Tresan Watts, 22, of Detroit was arraigned Friday in 19th District Court in Dearborn on charges of armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm possession, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s Office. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the armed robbery charge.

Judge Sam Salamey set Watts’ bond at $400,000 and required him to wear a GPS tether is as a condition of his bond, according to Worthy’s Office. He also scheduled a probable cause hearing on his case for Dec. 4.

Authorities said Watts, while armed with a gun, robbed a 24-year Detroit man in the mall and took his Cartier eyeglasses. The shooting occurred after the theft at about 4:30 p.m. near the Macy’s store in the mall, police said.

They also said no one was injured in the incident. However, both the mall, located off Michigan Avenue and Evergreen, and the Henry Ford College campus nearby were placed on lockdown while police searched for the shooter.

The mall reopened by 7 p.m. Monday but classes at the college were canceled. The University of Michigan’s Dearborn Campus, which also isn’t far from the mall, was closed.

Officials said Watts fled the mall, but Dearborn police tracked him down and arrested him Tuesday.

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