Two Charged in Shooting of Transgender Woman in Detroit

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Jujuan Williams and Charles Brown Jr

DETROIT, MI – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, with the assistance of the Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), charged two Detroit men, Charles Marion Brown, 21-years-old, and Jujuan Alexon Williams, 19-years-old, with assault with intent to commit murder and other crimes in connection with an armed robbery of a transgender woman on Friday November 17th, 2017.

It is alleged that Brown and Williams accosted their victim in the 17800 block of Woodward Avenue at about 1:50 a.m. Brown, armed with a rifle, and Williams exited a red GMC Yukon and told the victim to drop everything and run. The victim dropped her purse and ran. Brown fired five shots, three of which stuck the victim as she ran away, while Williams picked up her purse. Detroit police officers responded to the scene and received a description of the getaway vehicle. The officers located the vehicle, gave chase, and apprehended Williams and the rifle after the Yukon jumped a curb and stopped. Brown escaped on foot. The police apprehended Brown on November 18, 2017. The victim has been hospitalized in stable condition.

Brown, the alleged shooter, has been charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, fleeing and eluding, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender – second offense.

Brown was already on probation for a weapons violation that he committed in July of 2017.

Williams is charged with armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender – fourth offense.

The charged offenses for both defendants involve felonies which are punishable by up to life in prison.

The case was assigned to Special Prosecutor Jaimie Powell Horowitz of the FMJP, which is collaboration between the Prosecutor’s Office and Fair Michigan. FMJP is a program that assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.

Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel said, “On the eve of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, this case illustrates the horrific acts of violence to which transgender persons are subject. The Fair Michigan Justice Project, in association with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Detroit Police Department, was established to provide LGBTQ individuals with an effective, focused, and tenacious team dedicated to investigating, prosecuting, and solving crimes against the community. We applaud the Detroit Police officers whose quick response and investigation brought the defendants into custody.”

The defendants were arraigned today in the 36th District Court in Detroit. The PRobable Cause Conference is on 11/28 and Preliminary Examination is scheduled for 12/4 before Judge Langston. The bond for both defendants Is 1.5 million cash/surety.

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