Escaped Eastpointe prisoner, mother and girlfriend held in jail – Macomb Daily

An 18-year-old Eastpointe man accused of fleeing police while handcuffed spent the weekend in jail with his mother and girlfriend who allegedly helped the escape.

Devonta Deshawn Moore was caught in a traffic stop outside Brighton, about 45 miles from Eastpointe, on Thursday evening as he hid under a pile of clothes in the back of his mother’s car , according to the police.

During Friday’s arraignment hearings, defense attorneys said Moore’s mother was working to turn her son into an authority, not help him escape.

But 38th District Court Judge William Crouchman said that was not how police saw it.

“We’ve set dates for him and he’s not showing up,” Crouchman said, according to WWJ-AM (950). “Then when he finally shows up, he tries to escape. The only way I’m going to make sure he comes to court is to post $100,000 cash bond.


Moore had been on the run for three days after fleeing from Eastpointe police while being loaded into a prisoner transport van at Macomb County Jail for assault. The original charge stems from Moore allegedly punching his 8-year-old brother.

Although handcuffed and wearing a belly chain, Moore was able to flee police to a nearby residential community. When he was found on Thursday, there were no signs of the restraints.

According to Eastpointe Police, detectives learned that Moore’s mother and girlfriend were helping him get to Mt. Pleasant. Michigan State Police and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office arrested the trio during a traffic stop Thursday.

The two women are accused of being accomplices after the fact.


Tamika Andrea Shepherd, 46, is being held on $50,000 bond. Court records say she is also wanted in St. Clair Shores and Warren, but the documents do not specify on what charges.

Bond for Moore’s girlfriend, Lashaun Shamika-Denise White, 25, has been set at $10,000. But state police have $8,940 bail on her, and records show Detroit police want $1,290 in unpaid parking tickets.

Moore’s defense attorney, Chris Metry, told the court that Moore was being watched by two universities for football, but those talks could now be put on hold due to his legal issues.

All three suspects are being held at Macomb County Jail in Mount Clemens.

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