Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy charged two teens with first-degree murder after they allegedly robbed, stabbed and killed their Uber driver.
On Jan. 25, police arrested Devin Delon McKee, 17, and Lanyah Quan Brady, 15, for the slaying of Timothy Marcus Perkins, 60. According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, the two teens called for an Uber with the “purpose of robbing him,” a few days before their arrest.
On Jan. 21 around 9:20 a.m., police discovered the Uber driver, Perkins, in an alleyway near Elmer Street and St. Lawrence Street, right by West Edsel Ford Service Drive.
Officials said police found Perkins bleeding from his head and had multiple stab wounds sliced across his back and torso area. After police transported Perkins to the hospital, he died due to his stab wounds, a news release said.
Before the robbery, the two teens — McKee and Brady — called for an Uber, officials say. Once the Uber arrived, McKee allegedly attacked Perkins with a hammer and stabbed him with a knife. Officials say Brady was also armed and partook in the robbery by stabbing Perkins.
The two teens allegedly stole Perkin’s car, took his personal property and then left the scene, officials say. Detroit police were able to track down Perkins’ stolen car, which led them to find the two teens.
“It is rare that we use the automatic waiver to charge juveniles as adults. But the alleged facts in this case are especially heinous and violent,” Worthy said. “The evidence in this case will show that these defendants called an Uber with a plan to rob and carjack the driver, beat and bludgeoned him, and left him in an alley to die.”
Worthy is charging the two teens as adults. Mckee and Brady had their arraignment in the 36th District Court Friday. The court remanded Mckee to jail and gave Brady a $1 million bond. If Brady posts bond then they’ll be placed under house arrest with a GPS tether.
Mckee and Brady will have a probable cause conference before Judge Ronald Giles in the 36th District Court on Feb. 10.
*By Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press*