Judge orders shooting suspect to be held without bond
By Bria Brown
Posted August 9, 2017
A 20-year-old Eastpointe resident was arraigned Aug. 9 on five charges, including second-degree murder, in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Clinton Township resident at a graduation party three days earlier at a home on Callahan Road, north of 12 Mile Road and east of Hayes, in Roseville.
Eastpointe resident Amer Mongogna, 20, will be at 39th District Court in Roseville for his probable cause conference at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 23. He was arraigned via video at the court on charges of second-degree murder and assault with intent to murder — both felonies that could result in sentences of life in prison — and carrying a concealed weapon, which is a five-year felony. He also faces two weapons violations, which are two-year felonies.
The arraignment took place in the courtroom of Judge Joseph Boedeker.
“You are entitled to be represented by an attorney. The court has a receipt of a form which indicates you will retain your own attorney,” said Boedeker.
Mongogna answered, “Yes sir.”
According to Boedeker, Mongogna’s attorney had not filed an “appearance to the court,” but Mongogna stated his attorney would file one.
Boedeker let Mongogna know that if the matter is not resolved Aug. 23, the hearing will be moved to 8:15 a.m. Aug. 30.
Roseville Police Detective Robert Gudenau has been handling the case, and Boedeker asked Gudenau for his thoughts on bond.
“We strongly request that the defendant be held without bond,” said Gudenau.
“Several witnesses have indicated that it’s alleged the defendant was not only in possession of this gun prior to the party, but also fired the shots at the party. As the investigation progressed, information was received from numerous subjects, as well as social media posts, that the defendant was planning to flee the state. He had a meeting with his mother and his father, obtained some funds and was planning to leave,” he added.
Gudenau said he believed Mongogna would be a risk to the community if he were free on bond.
“He’s a danger to our community and we strongly recommend that he be held without bond,” said Gudenau.
“Based on the filing complaint that was sworn to earlier by Detective Gudenau, and based on the statements made by Detective Gudenau in court today, this court is going to order that you be held without bond,” Boedeker said to Mongogna.
Police stated Aug. 6 that a graduation party had been taking place before the incident, and three to four individuals were asked to leave the party apparently due to a verbal altercation at the home.
Mongogna was not one of the original people asked to leave the home, according to police. Police said Mongogna has “no apparent connection” to the people at the Callahan Road home.
On Aug. 9, police stated in a press release that after the group left the party, the people in the group went to a house and “started calling others they knew.” Police said the now larger group returned to the home “with the intent to assault others at the house.”
Suspects in a silver Pontiac G6 and a dark blue or black sedan, according to police, came back to the home and started a physical fight at about 12:40 a.m. Aug. 6.
There were a total of nine people in the two vehicles, according to police: seven males including the suspect, and two females. Police said they ranged in age from 17 to 20 years old.
Police stated that one of the occupants of the two vehicles “produced a handgun and shot several rounds (5 +) in the direction of others at the party.”
One round hit Luke Filary, 18, who was “just attending as a guest of the homeowner,” said Roseville Deputy Police Chief Donald Glandon.
Police stated that Filary was transported to the hospital and was pronounced deceased a short time later.
Police stated Aug. 9 that during the incident, a 38-year-old resident of Washington Township was “verbally threatened by the suspect” and that Mongogna allegedly “discharged rounds in her direction,” but she was not hit.
Glandon stated in an email Aug. 8 that police recovered the gun that they believe was used in the shooting at a residence in St. Clair Shores, and that the second vehicle had been identified.
The gun, police said, was registered to Mongogna. He does not have a concealed pistol license, according to police.
Police stated that the suspect vehicles fled south on Callahan after the shooting; according to Glandon, the Pontiac was impounded Aug. 6.
“Nobody was in it at the time,” he said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact Roseville police at (586) 447-4484 or (586) 775-2100.
About the author
Staff Writer Bria Brown covers Eastpointe and Roseville as well as East Detroit Public Schools and Roseville Community Schools for the Eastsider. Bria has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2016 and graduated from Oakland University.
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