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Police: Gun sale turned into armed robbery in Oxford sub

by CJ Carnacchio

August 10, 2011

The peace of a normally tranquil Oxford Township subdivision was shattered around 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 by the sound of a gunshot as a firearm sale at a residence in the 1700 block of Twin Lakes Blvd. quickly turned into an alleged armed robbery.

Two Pontiac residents, ages 16 and 17, are now facing multiple criminal charges while a third 17-year-old Pontiac resident, who’s a former Oxford student through the Schools of Choice program, is still under investigation.

Quesean Daniel Lee, 17, was arraigned Aug. 5 in Rochester Hills 52-3 District Court on charges of armed robbery, larceny of a firearm and felonious assault, plus three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Lee’s bond was set at $100,000. He’s currently being held in the Oakland County Jail. Lee has a preliminary examination scheduled for Aug. 17 before 52-3 District Judge Nancy Carniak.

The other suspect, who’s 16 years old and therefore not being identified by name at this point, is currently being lodged at the Oakland County Children’s Village facility in Pontiac.

The 16-year-old was charged with armed robbery, larceny of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to Sheriff’s Det. Jason Louwaert, during an Aug. 9 preliminary hearing, it was determined that the 16-year-old would be designated as an adult, but tried in the Family Division of Oakland County Circuit Court.

If he’s found guilty, Louwaert explained the 16-year-old could be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile or given a sentence that blends elements of the two.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, the former Schools of Choice student, who attended Oxford High School for his freshman and sophomore years from 2008-10, arranged for a meeting at the Twin Lakes Blvd. home to purchase a 12-gauge shotgun. Investigators indicated he arranged this meeting through a current OHS student.

Sheriff’s investigators indicated the former OHS student waited in the vehicle while Lee and the 16-year-old went inside to make the purchase from a 21-year-old who lives at the home.

A 19-year-old who also lives at the home as well as four other witnesses, including the current OHS student who helped arrange the meeting, were present.

While inspecting the firearm, both Lee and the 16-year-old allegedly drew handguns, pointed them at the 19-year-old and 21-year-old, and demanded they give them everything they had.

The 21-year-old shouted for the others to get another gun, which caused the two suspects to allegedly take the shotgun and flee to their vehicle.

Before getting inside the vehicle, Lee allegedly turned and fired his 9mm pistol in the direction of the three people who were attempting to follow him.

The vehicle left the scene with the former OHS student driving a short distance, before Lee took over behind the wheel, according to the sheriff's department.

It was later spotted by a sheriff’s deputy in the area of M-24 and Scripps Rd. in Orion Township, but before he was able to affect a stop, the vehicle pulled into the driveway of a residence on Amsbury Drive and the three subjects allegedly fled on foot.

The vehicle was impounded and three firearms were discovered in the trunk – a 9mm pistol, .44 magnum revolver and a 12-gauge shotgun.

The former OHS student was taken into custody near Hampton Woods at 12:57 p.m.

The sheriff’s department used its K-9 and Aviation Units, along with patrol units from Orion, Oxford, Brandon and Independence townships, to search the area for the other two suspects. They were ultimately apprehended on Avon Glen Lane around 3:30 p.m.

During their interviews at the Oxford Township substation, sheriff’s investigators indicated that Lee admitted he was at the incident with a handgun and fired a shot in the air.

Investigators said the 16-year-old admitted to being at the scene with a handgun and taking the 12-gauge shotgun.

Both Lee and the 16-year-old were positively identified by the victims and witnesses.

The former Schools of Choice OHS student was lodged at the county jail, but was later released pending further investigation.

Anyone with any information regarding this case, which is still under investigation, is asked to please call Sheriff’s Det. Jason Louwaert at (248) 969-0369.