3 Suspects in Ferndale Pharmacy Robbery Remain in Custody After Friday Court Appearance
Alfred Wingate and Aubrey Allen waive right to preliminary examinations, Wingate to remain in federal custody.
DETROIT – The three men federal investigators say were involved in a violent armed robbery of the Ferndale Pharmacy on Monday night will remain in custody after appearing in federal court Friday.
Aubrey Allen, 19, and Alfred Wingate, 41 – both of Oak Park – and Christian Reid, 19, of Hamtramck, face a criminal complaint that includes robbing a pharmacy registered with the DEA with violence and intimidation as well as carrying and possessing a firearm.
The men were taken into custody Monday night after the robbery, which took place about 6:30 p.m.
Allen and Wingate waved their right to preliminary examinations Friday before U.S. District Magistrate R. Steven Whalen in conjunction with the robbery.
According to the FBI, Wingate and Allen ordered five pharmacy employees to the floor and said they would kill those who looked at them. The two gunmen bound the hands of the employees behind their heads with zip ties, officials said.
The entire ordeal lasted about 30 minutes, the employees told officers.
One victim was injured when one of the suspects fired a handgun into the floor two feet in front of him, according to the FBI. Another victim was struck in the back of the head with a pistol by one of the gunmen.
According to an agreement reached between U.S. Attorney Kenneth Chadwell and Wingate’s attorney, Leroy Solas, Wingate will remain in federal custody due to a warrant for his arrest for a parole violation for a second-degree murder conviction.
The third suspect, Reid, also consented to being detained Friday, but unlike Allen and Wingate, did not waive his right to a preliminary examination. He is scheduled to appear back in court at 1 p.m. Aug. 4.
Reid, the alleged getaway driver in the robbery, led police on a chase from Ferndale into Detroit while driving a 2009 maroon Honda Odyssey minivan. Reid fled after police approached the vehicle. Police fired several rounds toward the minivan in an attempt to disable it.
Reid was arrested after crashing the vehicle near Livernois and Norfolk. According to investigators, the minivan is registered to Nancy Brown of Oak Park. Brown told the FBI that she is Wingate’s girlfriend and allows Wingate to use the vehicle on a daily basis.
Police also found a 9mm bullet inside the minivan, matching the caliber of weapon that was used in the robbery.
By consenting to detention, all three men waived their right to a detention hearing, returning them to custody. By doing so, they have the right to appear in court again to request bond.
Family members of the three men appeared in court Friday afternoon, but left immediately after the hearing.