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Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

A 19-year-old Detroit man has been charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods boy over a pair of the popular Air Jordan sneakers, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday.

Dante Tyrell Ford is accused of shooting Corey Harris-Thomas as the teen tried to sell the shoes to Ford.

According to the prosecutor, Harris-Thomas drove over to the home of a 24-year-old friend who lives in Easpointe around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the two met up with Ford around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Birwood and Fenkell in Detroit, where Harris-Thomas had arranged to sell the Air Jordan shoes previously.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said it was the second time that day Ford held up a teenager for the popular and expensive sneakers, which can cost from $160 to $400 new.

Ford allegedly got into the rear passenger area of the SUV the teen and his friend were in and the three drove around two blocks to Fenkell and Pinehurst, where Ford allegedly pulled out a weapon and shot Harris-Thomas in the arm.

The teen’s 24-year-old friend then pulled a weapon and fired. Ford allegedly then fired his gun again, fatally wounding Harris-Thomas, causing the teen to fall out of the vehicle, which hit a fence near Fenkell and Pinehurst Street.

Ford, who also was wounded, ran from the scene, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release Friday. The teen’s friend, who remained at the scene, called police, who arrived and found the teenager’s body in the street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His friend was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Ford was arrested Wednesday. He has been charged with felony murder, armed robbery, assault with intent to murder, felon in possession of a firearm and felony firearm.

Ford also has been charged in a separate incident involving Air Jordan shoes. He is accused of meeting a 16-year-old in the area of Birwood and Midland to buy a pair of Air Jordan shoes from him. Ford allegedly robbed the teenager at gunpoint and fled.

He has been charged with armed robbery, felony in possession of a firearm and felony firearm in that case. Ford was arraigned on charges in both cases Friday before Magistrate Bari Blake Woods of 36th District Court.

Ford’s probable cause conference is scheduled for June 16 and his preliminary examination set for June 23, both before Judge Deborah Lewis Langston of 36th District Court.


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