3 Men Face Felony Charges in Violent Assault of 4 Dakota Teens
Two Sterling Heights men and one Shelby Township man were video-arraigned today in 41 District Court in Sterling Heights.
Two Sterling Heights men and one Shelby Township man are facing multiple felony charges in the alleged abduction and assault of four Dakota High School teens.
Vincent Bosca and Gerald Henry King Jr. of Sterling Heights, and Allen Roy Brontkowski of Shelby Township, all 45, were arraigned by video Wednesday in the 41 A District Court in Sterling Heights before Judge Kimberley Wiegand.
At about 1:45 p.m. June 13, Sterling Heights police responded to a home in the 13000 block of Canal, after receiving a call from a mother who reported her 16-year-old son had been assaulted.
During the investigation, detectives discovered that the owner of the home in which the teens were allegedly assaulted also runs a medical marijuana growing operation.
All three face:
- One count of extortion, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or $10,000.
- Four counts of unlawful imprisonment, a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or $20,000.
- Four counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than a crime of murder, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $5,000.
- One count of weapons felony firearm, punishable by up to two years in prison.
As the homeowner, Bosca faces two additional charges of delivery or manufacture of marijuana, a four-year felony; and maintaining a drug house, a two-year misdemeanor.
Represented by attorney Nicki Weisberger, Bosca entered a not guilty plea. Wiegand set his bond at $500,000 or 10 percent cash, surety.
Brontkowski and King were not represented by an attorney, but both entered not guilty pleas.
Brontkowski’s bond was set at $500,000, or 10 percent cash, surety, and the judge ordered he be placed on a GPS tether upon leaving jail. King’s bond was set at $250,000 cash, surety only and he, too, was ordered to be placed on a GPS tether upon leaving jail.
Detective Jackie Calhoun requested the men’s bonds be set high “due to the violent nature of the crime” and the fact that the four victims are juveniles.
The victims, who will not be identified by Patch due to their age, were allegedly lured to Bosca’s home with the promise of free marijuana.
However, once the teens arrived, Bosca, Brontkowski and King, took them into the basement and bound them with duct tape, according to police.
The men pistol-whipped one of the teens and struck them with the scabbard of a samurai sword. They also threatened to cut off the teens’ fingers and toes with a circular power saw that they held next to one victim's face as it was running, according to police.
Police believe a total of five to six teens came to the home in two groups. Two were able to flee before being abducted, one of whom called his mother, who contacted the police.
Of the teens abducted and assaulted, one suffered a possible broken arm and the other three had less serious injuries, consisting of bruises, contusions and lacerations, according to police.
Bosca’s mother, Pat, who attended the arraignment, declined to comment on the case, but did offer this explanation for her son’s alleged actions: “He was trying to protect his home.”
Bosca told police on June 13 that his home had been burglarized several days before but he did not report the incident. He heard that several 15- to 16-year-old males were responsible, and had his teenage son invite the students to his house under the pretense that they would get an ounce of marijuana for free, according to police.
All three men have been scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 24 at 9 a.m. at the 41A District Court.
Should the men be released on bond, they are forbidden to have any contact with the victims.