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Detroit Duo Charged in Auto Thefts

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Rodil Roberto Johnson-Smith, 23 (DOB: 10/15/1995), and Coriante Dewayne Harras, 27 (DOB: 11/07/1991), both of Detroit, in connection with the theft and unlawful driving away of two vehicles in Detroit.

On March 8, 2019 at approximately 9:15 a.m., Detroit police located a reported stolen vehicle in the area of Linwood and Lawton in Detroit that was unoccupied at the time. Johnson-Smith and Harras entered the vehicle, drove to the area of Sussex and Curtis and parked behind another vehicle. It is alleged that Defendant Harras entered the second vehicle and drove off.

Detroit police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the first vehicle driven by Johnson-Smith. Johnson -Smith is alleged to have increased his speed, disregarded lights and sirens, sideswiping vehicles before striking the retaining wall on I-75. Johnson-Smith fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.

Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of Harras in the second vehicle on the southbound Southfield Service Drive and West Seven Mile Road.

Each defendant has been charged with one count of Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - Motor Vehicle and one count of Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile.* Both defendants were arraigned out-county on March 10, 2019 before Judge Bari Blake Wood. The Probable Cause Conferences are scheduled for March 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.; the Preliminary Examinations are scheduled for March 27, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. The hearings are before Judge William McConico in 36th District Court. Both defendants received a $10,000/cash/surety/10% bond. Please request a photograph of the defendants from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.