3 Suspects Charged in Armed Robbery at Verizon Store in Canton

Three men each face seven counts in connection with armed robbery that prompted lockdown of local schools.

Three suspects were charged earlier today in connection with an armed robbery Monday at a Verizon store in Canton.

The robbery occurred on Ford Road west of Morton Taylor Road and prompted the lockdown of four adjacent elementary schools.

Eric James-Lee Wilkins, 18, from Inkster; Antonio Jerome Porter, 18, from Inkster and Dantez Lamar Boykin-Johnson, 18, from Westland were each arraigned Thursday morning on seven charges:

  • Armed robbery, a felony punishable by life or any number of years
  • Breaking and entering a building with intent, a 10-year felony
  • First-degree retail fraud, a five-year felony
  • Receiving and concealing more $1,000 or more in stolen property, a five-year felony
  • Discharge of firearms in or at a building, a four-year felony
  • Committing a felony while in possession of a firearm, a two-year felony
  • Breaking and entering, illegal entry without owner's permission, a 90-day misdemeanor

The arraignment, originally scheduled for Wednesday, was moved to Thursday because of inclement weather. 

35th District Court Judge Michael J. Gerou set each defendant’s bond at $1 million (no 10 percent). Their preliminary exam is scheduled on March 8 at 35th District Court in Plymouth.

R February 28, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Bye Bye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you derserve everything you get !!!!
nat February 28, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Its a shame when money and greed motivate these young men....when it should be success and happiness.... so not worth years of their lives thrown away. I hope they learn their lessons instead of becoming another statistic....
Bee February 28, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Imma miss y'all I love you Eric why did you put yourself in that situation guys you were so close to graduating... Learn from your mistakes I hope you guys get out of there
Bee February 28, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I won't judge you for the dumb decisions you've made keep your head it will be fine I know you didn't hurt or want to hurt anyone but life goes on and I know you guys will overcome this and all the bad things people are gonna say about you... I will miss you love you Eric
Brianna February 28, 2013 at 09:03 PM
I love u tone & eric i will wait for yall forever ! Iiii ffrreeaakkiinn miss u eruc
keith February 28, 2013 at 09:48 PM
The responsible, non threating, law abiding, society that hopes to make this a better world won't miss you at all. You and all the other criminals do nothing but destroy this country.
steve zissou February 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Jessica, they're getting what they deserve. You're ignorant and blinded by your biased opinion of these "thugs". Westland will be better without them.
lydia February 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM
He will get atcha. In 10 to 20. Jessica go to school get an education. I'm assuming you are from Inkster. Maybe if you and yuor boys kept your garbage in your own city they would be sittin in da crib. Where are the parents? This is sad.
Laura February 28, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Ok you have their backs while we have the backs of the ones who make an honest living and live an honest life. It is shameful that people have to be afraid to go to work and make pennies for thugs to go in and take what don't belong to them. That is so nice that we have to hand them what isn't theirs. Are you kidding me? I for sure don't support folks that think that they deserve what isn't theirs.
Kimani March 01, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Free Eric, im praying for you and your family!!!
jaybee March 01, 2013 at 01:38 AM
The people commenting on here that want them free are their friends and family. Nobody wants to see ones they love in jail/prison. If it was your friend or family you'd be the same way. They made a stupid decision, yes, but that gives you no right to down the people who love them and want them out , it also gives you no right to judge them, you don't know them...all you know is their name, and one stupid decision they made.
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Wasnt nobody hurt nor killed, so what are you talking about!? Right.. my point!
lydia March 01, 2013 at 02:05 AM
I don't even know what you just said Jamaica. Walking across what stage? Dear lord.
MD March 01, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and comments, first impressions say alot. People should think before they do things and the consequences. There are some people on here that really need to get some common sense, go back to school, learn how to write and spell, then maybe people will take you and your comments seriously.
MD March 01, 2013 at 02:36 AM
True no body was hurt or killed this time, but does that make it okay to go into a place armed with a gun, intending to steal things that don't belong to them or kill/hurt someone since they had a gun in the first place?????
MD March 01, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Thank you Laura, someone with some common sense!!!
MD March 01, 2013 at 02:43 AM
My biggest question here is, are they happy with the decsion they made and was it worth it now that they are going to go to jail????
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 02:45 AM
He said he is going to walk across the stage for his brother. You guys dont know anything about these 3 men! Yes you are entitled to your opinion, but damn do you really have to make rude comments. They robbed a store, they made a bad decision, but you guys are acting like they killed someone. some people are being racist, and cruel. Goodness gracious, we know what they did was wrong. Hell, they know what they did was wrong. They just werent thinking when they were doing it!! You know know the real them though. You say all these bad things about them, but you dont know them personally like we do! they are all good people and just because they did this doesnt make them a bad person! This doesnt have anything on what others have done. You say "lock them up throw away the key" was it necessary? honestly!? NO! it was a crime, they dk have to do the time. But they are getting LIFE IN JAIL for this when some people that have done worse are getting less time than they are. So before you make your rude comments, please think about what you say before you say them. thank you!
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 02:46 AM
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 02:49 AM
and being racist and/or making rude comments arent going to get you anywhere either. Its ignorant! you say we're ignorant for wanting them home, but honestly youre ignorant as well. Dont point the finger when you have 3 pointing right back at you!
MD March 01, 2013 at 02:57 AM
Again it doesn't matter what color their skin is, THEY all made the CHOICE to go in that store with a gun and take things that didn't belong to them!!! Why didn't they make a choice to go get a job and pay for what they wanted??? That is my point. They actually should be glad they are still alive and only going to jail, there could have been someone in there with a concealed weapon and shot them dead, because unfortunately it has come down to that people don't feel safe going anywhere!
InsertNameHere March 01, 2013 at 03:02 AM
They deserve the amount of years their getting. No matter how bad your situation is there is no reason to do any sort of criminal activity.
lydia March 01, 2013 at 03:42 AM
all know they won't hurt anyone because they are going to prison. stupid choices get you in trouble. let this be a lesson . im sure they don't want you to end up the same way, if they are your friends
lydia March 01, 2013 at 04:02 AM
azian, they had guns! and fired it!!!!! what do you expect????seriously....Lets let them out and see if they will be good.. no way. they obviously have no one that has their back or they wouldnt have made that decision....
Bryan Bentley (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 04:10 AM
Did they not hear about the Obama phones?
lydia March 01, 2013 at 04:16 AM
Must not have been that close. peace out stay in school..
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 04:18 AM
i get what you sayin when you said no one in the store knew, & honestly im sorry for those people i wouldnt have wanted no one to get hurt! But me knowing these boys they wouldnt hurt anyone! but one shot was fired to open the door! ONE!!!! you saying that like it was many. No one knows the real story, only them! Like i said im done, im too hurt and youre not making it better. Bye
AZIAN March 01, 2013 at 04:20 AM
& you think im with them everyday? i do have life!!!!! but they are still like family! you dont know our background, so dont judge.
lydia March 01, 2013 at 04:30 AM
no actually i said they had guns and fired it. not making it seem like they shot the place up. Im very anti guns and i am glad those boys didn't get shot or shoot anyone..i understand your point but you are being insensitive to those who where in fear of their lives. me and my baby go there alot ..I know those folks. i dont think your friends wanted to hurt anyone.I wish you and your friends well but i dont think you will be seeing them anytime soon. at least I hope not.
John McKay (Editor) March 01, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Comments are being closed on this story - this has gotten ridiculous. If you can't have civil discourse without racist remarks/personal attacks/vulgar language, please don't bother posting on Patch.


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