Man freed after Detroit chase arrested again in connection with 2020 assault

Man released after Detroit was arrested on various crimes

A man released by the court following alleged involvement in a Detroit police chase is now in custody again.

Detroit police say a man released by the court after being involved in a car chase last week has been arrested again.

Joshua McCormick was arrested Friday for an assault with the intention of authorizing a murder case from November that has just been cleared.

McCormick was allegedly involved in a police chase on March 12 that resulted in a crash.

The other man concerned, Terrence Jordan, is accused of pointing a gun at the police prior to the pursuit. Both men were released on $ 2,000 bonds.

There is no need to prepay any money for this type of bond. Instead, it has to be paid for if the men fail to appear in court or violate the terms of their loan.

Joshua McCormick and Terrence Jordan

William McConico, the chief judge in the 36th District Court, said Judge Millicent Sherman made the decision to release the men based on the information available at the time.

Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy said that when the decision was made to release McCormick, he was in custody on another crime case pending preliminary investigation.

He was accused of obtaining and hiding stolen property and carrying a hidden weapon. Worthy said Sherman gave him a $ 1,000 bond in September.

“It is the responsibility of the judge to review all circumstances and determine the bond, including any pending indictment,” said Worthy. “There’s no reason the court should have issued a personal loan of $ 2,000.”

McConico said the prosecutor was not present to argue over the loan and that no one from DPD was involved in the indictment.

Detroit police said they tried to get an officer to the hearing so that the prosecution could weigh up the decision on the loan. However, they were told that only the prosecutor could be present to discuss the loan.

“The Wayne County Attorney’s Office never had the resources to occupy the district court’s courtrooms. It is precisely for this reason that relevant information is always included in the court records for the judge to read and evaluate before making a decision on a loan,” said Worthy.

McConico said that while officials cannot approach the court on the file, they are allowed to come in during the trial to provide background information on the cases to the judges.

According to McConico, the report the judge received prior to the hearing for that chase and pointing the gun at police officers did not contain all of the information, including information about the crash that resulted.

Brittany Laflouria and Javon Bognear vehicles were damaged when hit during the accident and a fence was destroyed.

“For me, if you did what you suspected, how could you be out now? It just raises a lot of questions. How how? Why?” Laflouria said. “It’s just crazy. I’ve never honestly seen or heard anything like it.”

A GoFundMe page was created to help Laflouria and Bognear repair their cars and damage to their homes.

A statement by McConico said: “The investigator’s report, presented to Magistrate Sherman about an hour before the hearing, showed that a defendant was seen with a firearm but no weapons were fired The pursuit of this resulted in a one-vehicle accident that resulted in no contact with a Detroit Police Department cruiser, civilians, or other vehicles. “

McConico’s full statement can be found below:

“The investigator’s report, presented to Magistrate Sherman about an hour before the hearing, showed that no weapons were fired while a defendant was being watched with a firearm. It also showed that the pursuit led to a vehicle accident and There was no contact with a Detroit Police Department cruiser, civilians, or other vehicles.

“In accordance with Michigan laws and court regulations, the magistrate has objectively weighed the factors the court must consider in determining the bond, such as criminal record, aviation risk, hazard history, community ties, etc. The defense provided convincing information that the defendants’ community connections, multiple stable jobs and a lack of previous criminal contacts. No information was given to suggest that either the defendant posed a flight or security risk. Furthermore, the current public emergency Health that is presented by COVID-19 should always be considered in determining the bond.

“Contrary to what has been reported, no extensive criminal history has been shown. A file is often noted when other cases or charges are pending, and such notation was not on the file at the time of the indictment. It is important to note that that the documents made available to Magistrates Sherman by the Detroit Police Department did NOT include the Michigan State Police Traffic Accident Report, the Livonia Police Report, the Dearborn Police File, the Southfield Police Report, the Westland Police Report, or the Detroit Police Department jacket’s 8th Precinct arrest warrant referenced in the Investigator’s Report.

“No Wayne County Attorney General appeared to argue on behalf of the people about the bond or their position. In addition, the officer in charge (OIC) did not appear on the prosecution, nor did any Detroit Police Department officer.

“The bond, which was established at Monday’s hearing, was based on the facts of the case presented to Sherman Magistrate that day.

“It is important to note that if either party feels that the bond needs to be addressed again, they can request an emergency bond hearing. That matter can then be referred to by either the judge, the chairman of the department, or the chief judge At the time of this writing neither side was looking for either of these remedies. “

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