Two men charged in purse snatching at Dearborn's Henry Ford Community College

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two men are in custody and have been charged with robbing a woman of her purse and a cell phone at Henry Ford Community College on Friday.

About 4:30 p.m. Friday,  a 36-year-old woman was in the parking lot when the pair came up to her. They drove up in a silver Dodge Caravan. One suspect, armed with a handgun, jumped out of the van and took her purse and cell phone. Then they drove off.

Detroit Police became interested because they believe the same men may have been involved in a similar incident in their city earlier in the day,

Police from both Dearborn and Detroit followed them to Detroit's west side when the suspects ran from their van on Lauder street, near Joy Road.

Police caught up to them, but not a moment too soon. They say one of the suspects was about to raise his gun to take a shot at them when he was arrested.

The two suspects are identified as 27-year-old Douglas Eugene Sampson and 25-year-old Ralph Brantley, both of Detroit.

Sampson has been charged with armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, and being in possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony in the second degree.

Brantley is charged with armed robbery, carrying a concealed weapon, two counts of assault with intent to murder, also two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, two counts of felonious assault, and two counts assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, and felony firearm.

Bond for each man was set at $1 million, no 10%. Their preliminary exam is August 30, 2013 before Judge Same Salemey in 19th District Court.

Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad had high praise for the officers: "Armed Robbery is a violent crime and the Dearborn Police Department will continue to work with surrounding jurisdictions and utilize all available resources to bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.  The Dearborn Police Department would like to thank the Detroit Police Department for their assistance in this arrest and investigation," he said.


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