Man charged with robbery and fatal bullet at Detroit store

A 23-year-old Detroit man has been charged in the shooting death of a store clerk at Andy’s Market near Eight Mile and Greenfield on the northwest side of the city.

Dvante Antioni Howard, 23, is charged in the shooting of Behnam Rasho, 64, also of Detroit. The shooting occurred at 9:16 p.m. Jan. 17 at a liquor store in the 20400 block of the James Couzens Highway, the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Howard is charged with entering the store and firing a handgun, fatally wounding Rasho, before robbing the business and fleeing the scene, the prosecutor’s office said.

When the police arrived, they found Rasho with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Howard was charged with one count of murder, two counts of armed robbery, one count of assault with intent to murder and four counts of firearms.

He is also accused of committing another robbery at around 6:40 a.m. on December 31 at a gas station in the 20200 block of James Couzens. During this incident, Howard allegedly produced a handgun, then allegedly robbed and assaulted a gas station employee before fleeing.

He was charged in that incident with one count of armed robbery causing grievous bodily harm, one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of firearm.

Howard was arraigned in both cases Thursday in the 36th District Court.

He was returned to prison in the fatal shooting. In the other case, Howard was given $500,000 bond and ordered to have no contact with the complaining witnesses.

Probable cause conferences for both cases are scheduled for February 10. Preliminary examinations are expected a week later.