MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – Charges of armed robbery and weapons possession have been brought against a man who allegedly committed multiple armed robberies in Macomb County over the past month.
The defendant was apprehended while committing an armed robbery in Mt. Clemens earlier this week.
The Clinton Township man was charged with three counts of armed robbery, a life offense; one count of firearms – receiving & concealing, a 10-year felony; one count of firearms – possession by a felon, a 5-year felony; and, three counts of felony firearms, mandatory 2-year felonies that must be served consecutively, for his role in the April 24, 2019 alleged armed robbery of the Mobil Gas Station on South Main Street in Mt. Clemens.
The armed robbery concluded when the defendant aimed his gun at the store clerk and pulled the trigger, resulting in an audible “click.” The clerk, fearing for his life and the lives of the gas station patrons, fired his own weapon at the defendant, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground just outside of the store door. The defendant was transported to a nearby hospital by law enforcement and emergency service personnel.
Additionally, he was also charged with one count of armed robbery; one count of firearms – receiving & concealing; one count of firearms – possession by a felon; and, one count felony firearms for his role in the April 5, 2019 alleged armed robbery of Family Dollar on Harper in Clinton Township.
Finally, the defendant was charged with one count of armed robbery; one count of firearms – receiving & concealing; one count of firearms – possession by a felon; and, one count felony firearms for his role in the March 29, 2019 alleged armed robbery of Family Dollar on South Gratiot Avenue in Mt. Clemens.
“The defendant’s blatant disregard for the law and the safety of those around him is beyond appalling,” said Prosecutor Smith. “While on a tether for first degree retail fraud, in broad daylight, the defendant walked into three different stores, revealing a weapon, demanding money and cigarettes.”
“Ironically, the defendant can be traced to all three of the locations where these armed robberies occurred, through his tether,” Smith continued. “Had he not been apprehended on Tuesday, I have no doubt the defendant would have continued to wreak havoc in Macomb County with his heinous, criminal behavior.”
The defendant is currently in critical, but stable condition. Arraignment will take place at 41-A1 District Court, in Shelby, when his medical condition allows.
The suspect, a 27 year old black male out of Clinton Township, remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. He was shot six times in various parts of his body.
Criminal charges will not be sought for the clerk, a 25 year old man from Detroit. The clerk was legally in possession of a 9mm handgun.