TRAVERSE CITY, MI – On December 16th, 2014 at approximately 3:15pm, Deputies from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Grant Township. A witness contacted central dispatch reporting that a white male in a black hoodie approached the residence and was knocking on the door.
The witness then observed the male enter an unlocked vehicle and drive away. The car owner also contacted dispatch reporting the vehicle was stolen.
A Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Deputy observed the vehicle reported stolen, which was occupied by the female suspect and an infant, along with a vehicle that matched the description of one involved in an armed robbery that occurred in Benzie County occupied by a male subject who is thought to be involved in that armed robbery.
The armed robbery took place at Cherryland Grocery on US-31 in Inland Township. The suspect allegedly walked into the store demanding money, cigarettes, and then setting off an audible alarm.
The deputy approached both vehicles and order the subjects to stop. The male subject, whom they believe robbed the store in Benzie County at gunpoint got into the vehicle and began to flee the area. The deputy discharged his department issued firearm in attempt to stop suspect from fleeing.
The subject crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. A Grand Traverse County K9 tracked the subject to an unoccupied residence. The subject, Alexander Hoppe, 23-years-old, was apprehended at the residence and taken into custody by the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities stated that he was armed and dangerous.
The female suspect, Jade Jenkins, 24-years-old, was also taken into custody by the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office near the location of the reported stolen vehicle. The child with the female suspect was turned over to Benzie County authorities.
They were was arrested near Hall Creek Road in Interlochen.
No one was injured in this incident.