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The Detroit Free Press reported that Bryant was fired in the spring as assistant manager of the Family Dollar at 27335 Cherry Hill Road east of Inkster Road, Inkster, for allegedly sexually harassing employees. He also reportedly was passed over for the manager’s job.

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) reported that Bryant was arrested at Magical Touch Car Wash, 6355 Greenfield Road, Detroit, where he was a customer, the afternoon of July 19, the day after the second body was found. He reportedly was arrested on a charge of not being a registered sex offender and questioned about the murders.

Wayne County Circuit Court records indicate a warrant request for five counts of failure to register his address as a sex offender the day he was arrested. As of Thursday morning, Bryant was listed as an absconder on the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry, which is run by the state police. The last verification date was Jan. 11, 2001, and he was listed as “incarcerated-address unknown.”

Orlando, 20, of Dearborn was found shot in the head when employees arrived at the store, 22631 Michigan Ave., the morning of July 16. Machus, 20, of Romulus was found shot in the head on the morning of July 18 in a wooded area near the Rouge River, east of the Southfield Freeway and south of Michigan Avenue and the railroad tracks.

The habitual offender charge stems from a 1999 conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct and a 2001 conviction for assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Both convictions were in Wayne County Circuit Court. A first-degree home invasion charge in the 1999 case was dismissed

Bryant served 26 months of a maximum 5 years in prison for the criminal sexual conduct conviction, and that sentence ended Nov. 30, 2001, according to the state Department of Corrections. He served 9 1/2 years of a 4- to 10-year sentence on the assault conviction and was discharged March 12, 2011.

After the arraignment, Police Chief Ronald Haddad would not discuss particulars of the case, citing Salamey’s order. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office will have to release details during the preliminary exam, where Salamey will rule if there’s enough evidence to send Bryant to trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. Danielle Hagaman-Clark is handling the case for the Prosecutor’s Office.

He said the department received tips from people who saw a video of the alleged killer entering the store that was posted online by several media outlets, tips via telephone and tips from people who came to the police station. Anyone with additional information should call Dearborn police at 1-313-943-2241.

“Everything about this case is extremely upsetting,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a press release. “This was not an easy case to put together. I commend all of the tenacity of the Dearborn Police Department and am grateful for the help from the public and media.”

A handwritten note on the door initially said it would reopen Monday, but it was changed to Wednesday. The visitation and funeral for Machus, an assistant manager, were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at J.L. Peters Funeral Home in Lincoln Park; her body was to be cremated.

Orlando’s arrangements are being handled by Querfeld Funeral Home in Dearborn, but the funeral had not been set as of Thursday morning. It is to be at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church (formerly St. Joseph), 16101 Rotunda Drive, Dearborn.

Surveillance video, which had a 7:26 p.m. time stamp from July 15, showed a man entering the store, waving and turning right. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, a dark shirt with an unknown design, dark blue jeans and white athletic shoes.

“We are saddened by the loss of Joseph and Brenna, and our hearts go out to their families and friends,” Bryn Winburn, Family Dollar public relations manager, said via email. “We have a strong, tight-knit team in Detroit, and our focus is on taking care of them right now as we work to understand what happened. We are currently working with the Dearborn police to fully understand the situation, and we are assisting them in every way as they conduct their investigation.”