For Immediate Release
April 22, 2019
PROSECUTOR CHARGES MAN WHO ROBBED AND BOUND LANDLORD
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — A 48-year old male stands accused of strangling, robbing and binding his landlord in an attempt to successfully escape being captured.
Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith charged Shane Fountain with three counts of criminal conduct –Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm by Strangulation, a ten-year felony, Assault with Intent to Rob Unarmed, a fifteen-year felony, and Unlawful Imprisonment, a fifteen-year felony.
Police and prosecutors allege that Fountain, on April 2, 2019, asked his female landlord/roommate to open the garage for him. The Suspect then began choking the women from behind and said, “Sorry. This will be over soon.” She struggled to breathe and felt lightheaded. Fearing imminent death, she pretended to lose consciousness in hopes Fountain would stop strangling her. The suspect then used duct tape to bind the victim’s hands behind her back and put tape over mouth. He also used the tape to tie her ankles together. At that moment he went into the victim’s pockets. He took her cell phone and removed her diamond engagement ring from her finger.
After the suspect left the garage, the victim used the metal edge of a shovel to cut herself loose. She ran into her home and screamed for help to the other roommates. Emergency assistance was called. Her fiancé came home and took her to McLaren hospital. The ring was valued at $17,000 and the appraisal was given to police. A Be on the Lookout (“BOL”) was put out to all surrounding police departments for Fountain.
It was discovered that Fountain had taken the diamond ring to Zeidmans Pawn Shop in Detroit, where he sold it for $3,000. Clinton Township Police brought a warrant to the Macomb County Prosecutors Office. Fountain was charged with the three felonies and a warrant for his arrest was placed in the law enforcement system. On April 11th, 9 days after the robbery, the suspect was apprehended by Amtrak security in Washington D.C. on his way to Florida. Eric Smith’s Office requested extradition from Washington D.C. Corrections. Clinton Township police transported the suspect back on Thursday of last week.
“This obviously was a terrifying experience for the complainant,” said Prosecutor Smith. “This was fantastic police work by Clinton Township to coordinate with Amtrak and D.C. Police to get the suspect arrested.” Smith continued, “My office has already began working diligently to deliver justice for the complainant and ensure this defendant cannot commit such violence on anyone in the future.”
Fountain was arraigned in 41-B District Court Monday afternoon before Magistrate Ryan Zemke who issued a $100,000 cash/surety only bond.