WESTLAND, MI – Westland Police arrested another armed robber that struck within the City of Westland on December 24th, 2016. 42-year-old Leroy Sloan, of Inkster, was arrested after committing an armed robbery at the Family Dollar located at 1918 S. Venoy Rd.
On Christmas Eve morning, Officer Soulliere was on patrol in the area of the Family Dollar when he observed a vehicle that matched the description of other Family Dollar robberies parked in the parking lot in front of the store. Officer Soulliere watched the vehicle for some time until a person matching the description of the earlier armed robber exited the store and entered the vehicle. Officer Soulliere followed the vehicle out of the lot, at which time Westland dispatch received a 911 call stating that the store had just been robbed.
Sloan did not stop his vehicle when ordered and led Soulliere on a vehicle pursuit. The pursuit ended when Sloan lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a garage in the area of Grand Traverse and Bay Ct. Sloan then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, but Officer Soulliere was able to catch Sloan and place him under arrest without further incident.
In addition to the Family Dollar robbery on December 24th, Sloan is also accused of committing armed robberies at the Payless Shoe Store located at 6629 N Wayne Rd on December 5th, and at the Family Dollar located at 1963 S. Wayne Rd on December 23rd.
Sloan was arraigned on December 26th in front of Judge Vesta Svenson on three charges of armed robbery, fleeing a police officer third degree, felony firearm (pneumatic gun), and three charges of being a habitual offender, (fourth notice). Sloan was set a bond of $225,000 cash or surety for all three incidents, and is scheduled to appear at the 18th District Court for a probable cause hearing on January 5th at 9:00 a.m.
With this arrest, the Westland Police Department has made arrests in 9 out of its last 10 armed robberies of businesses. Westland Chief Jedrusik added, “If you intend on committing a robbery, you better think long and hard about whether it’s worth committing that crime in the City of Westland.”
Leroy Sloan was out on parole at the time of his arrest.