Detroit, St. Clair Shores police officers face armed robbery charges

Published On: Jan 08 2014 10:27:03 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 06:28:02 PM EST

Two police officers are in court after allegedly trying to take the law into their own hands.


A judge has resumed a hearing to decide if two off-duty police sergeants should stand trial on accusations that they robbed three men they suspected in the theft of a cellphone belonging to one officer's teenage daughter.

St. Clair Shores police Sgt. Michael Notoriano and Detroit police Sgt. David Pomeroy face armed robbery and other charges.

Detroit District Judge Joseph Baltimore resumed a probable-cause hearing Wednesday, with a victim's testimony. The hearing continues Friday and Monday.

Authorities say Notoriano's 16-year-old daughter and a friend biked to a Detroit gas station July 20. They say a man threw the daughter to the ground and robbed her.

Prosecutors say Pomeroy and Notoriano traced the phone to Detroit, where they confronted three other men.

Pomeroy lawyer Michael Rataj (RA'-ty) calls the charges excessive.


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