Defendants in Ulta Beauty store robbery bound over for trial

Defendants in Ulta Beauty store robbery bound over for trial

The five suspects arrested following a January robbery at the Ulta Beauty store in Green Oak Township during which shots where shots were fired have been bound over for trial.

Court records show Shanel Webster, 29; Tirezah Scott, 50; Laronda Chase, 25; Kari Williams, 27, and Joya Williams, 36, each waived their preliminary exams, sending their cases to Livingston County Circuit Court for trial.

All face felony counts of Organized Retail Crime and Retail Fraud, while several others are also charged with more serious counts of Assaulting a Police Officer and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

Green Oak Township Police say that at approximately 8 p.m on January 12, officers responded to a report of multiple suspects who entered the Ulta Beauty store at the Village Place Mall and were filling a bag with merchandise. As officers arrived, including Michigan State Police from the Brighton Post, at least one suspect fled with the merchandise on foot and was pursued, while the remainder tried to flee in separate vehicles.

MSP says one trooper was attempting to take the suspect that ran into custody, when a vehicle involved drove directly at the trooper.

“The trooper fired his weapon at the vehicle,” stated a release. “Vehicle was struck but not the suspect driver. Vehicle fled the scene but was stopped after colliding with a building. All suspects taken into custody. No injuries to anyone involved.”

The trooper involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, but returned to duty Feb. 3 after being cleared by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office.

Webster, who is accused of ramming a police vehicle, faces the most serious charges, including two counts of Assaulting a Police Officer, one count of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, two counts of Third Degree Fleeing a Police Officer and two counts of Malicious Destruction of Police Property. Her bond was set at $500,000.

Scott, 50, is charged with one count each of organized retail crime, first-degree retail fraud, concealing stolen property less than $20,000, fleeing a police officer, assaulting a police officer and removal of an anti-theft device. Her bond was set at $250,000.

Scott’s bond was set at $250,000. In addition to the retail fraud and organizer retail crime charges, she also faces a single count of Assaulting a Police Officer.

The remaining three defendants were all given $100,000 bonds.

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