Detroit Man Charged In 3 Domestic Violence Incidents After Armed Standoff

WWJ News
August 23, 2019 - 10:13 am

photo: WWJ/Charlie Langton


DETROIT (WWJ) - A man who sparked an hours-long standoff with police on Detroit's west side has been charged in connection with three domestic violence incidents involving his girlfriend.

Prosecutors say all three incidents happened at a home on Princeton, near Linwood and Puritan, where 31-year-old Robert Mario-Louis Williams lives with the victim.

The first incident happened just after 11:50 p.m. on July 12. Officers responded to an assault and battery complaint, but Williams fled the scene before they arrived. The victim told police Williams struck her and threw her down a flight of stairs. For this incident, he's charged with one count of domestic violence. Bond was set at $25,000.

The second incident happened around 7 p.m. on August 16. Officers responded to the home and found the same victim, who claimed she was choked, struck and threatened by Williams. Again, he fled the scene before officers arrived. For this incident, he's charged with one count of domestic violence. Bond was set at $25,000.

The third and most recent incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The victim called police and said Williams fired a shot at her during a heated argument. Williams wasn't initially at the scene when officers arrived, but as they were talking with the victim, he returned.

"The officers went to engage him and he ran up into a house across the street," Capt. Darin Szilagy told WWJ's Charlie Langton at the scene. 

A barricaded gunman situation was declared as officers established a perimeter around the home. Negotiators tried for hours to communicate with Williams without success. Eventually, tear gas was deployed inside the home as officers broke down the front door and made their way inside. At that point, Williams surrendered and was taken into custody. 

For the third incident, Williams is charged with felonious assault, felony firearm, resisting and obstructing police, and domestic violence. Bond was set at $100,000.

Williams was arraigned on all charges Friday morning in 36th District Court. He's due back in court for pre-trial in the first two cases on August 30. For the third case, a probable cause conference is scheduled for September 3 followed by a preliminary exam on Sept. 9.