A suspect in the Dec. 23 Rolladium skating rink shooting spree in Waterford Township is headed for a trial beginning on Monday, April 23 despite his attorney’s attempts at having all charges dismissed.
Cheyenne Benjamin Ingram, 18, is charged with 14 counts, including six counts of assault with intent to commit murder; six felony firearm charges; one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder; and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Defense attorney Jonathan Jones previously filed a motion to quash the charges against his client, arguing there wasn’t probable cause as required by law to indicate his client committed a crime. Jones stated that District Court Judge Jodi Debreccht had abused her discretion in binding over Ingram for trial.
However, on April 11, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander concurred with Debreccht’s decision after reviewing surveillance still photographs of the scene. He stated that a trio of men, including Ingram, walked into the Rolladium together and were holding their hands as if they were concealing something.
According to Alexander’s written opinion, at best the defendant’s motives indicate conflicting information, an inadequate reason to quash the charges.
Ingram is facing the charges for his alleged role in the early-morning shooting that occurred at the Rolladium skating rink, located at 4475 Highland Road in Waterford. At the time, the rink was being used for a private pre-Christmas skating party scheduled from 9:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The three suspects entered the building following a fight and allegedly fired handguns from the snack bar area out onto the skating floor area. Five patrons were struck. No one sustained fatal injuries.
During the investigation, police discovered that the shooting stemmed from two rival gangs out of Pontiac, the “Goon Squad” and “1st Enfantry.” One of the victims shot was an intended target and rival to the shooters, and was previously shot by rivals in a similar incident at a nightclub in Pontiac in December 2010, according to police.
Two of Ingram’s alleged accomplices, 18-year-old Robert Lee German and 21-year-old Tre-Andis Marquan-Jose Jamison, both of Pontiac, are still at large and have charges filed against them similar to Ingram’s.