3 charged in Taylor poker room robbery

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Three men have been charged in the armed robbery last week at a charity poker room on Telegraph in Taylor, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

Nickolas Jonathan Frederick

Nickolas Jonathan Frederick, 30, of Dearborn Heights; Michael Eugene Pennington, 26, of Flat Rock; and Daniel William Frederick, 29, of Dearborn Heights are accused of robbing patrons at Momo’s Charity Poker Room around 1 a.m. April 1 on the 5800 block of Telegraph.

All three are charged with three counts of armed robbery and 25 counts of felonious assault, according to the prosecutor’s office. Nickolas and Daniel Frederick also face felony firearm charges, and Daniel Frederick has an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Michael Eugene Pennington

Pennington and Daniel Frederick were arraigned Wednesday, officials said. Pennington received a $50,000 cash/surety or 10 percent bond, while Frederick was given a $600,000 cash/surety bond.

Nickolas Frederick was arraigned Thursday and received a $400,000 cash/surety bond.

All three are due back in court for hearings April 18 and April 25, officials said.

Officials initially were looking for two suspects in the case, according to preliminary reports. Authorities last week said the suspects escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Daniel William Frederick

Witnesses told police two of the men had been playing poker at the venue earlier in the evening and then left, Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said last week. They returned just before 1 a.m., wearing blue masks and armed with guns. They ordered everyone on the floor.

The suspects took money out of the cash drawer and also stole cash and personal possessions from some of the patrons, police said. There were more than a dozen people in the room, but no one was injured.

It remained unclear Thursday which two of the three suspects charged were the ones described by witnesses.

Anyone with further information is asked to call Taylor Police at (734) 287-6611.


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