MOUNT CLEMENS, MI – On Thursday October 28th, 2019, at approximately 8:20pm, Macomb County Sheriff deputies took a report from a woman who had been robbed.
The 46 year old woman had been walking in the area of Elizabeth Road and Madison Avenue when she was approached by a man asking for money.
The woman told the suspect she did not have any money. The man continued to state that he needed money and had just been released from jail. The woman again told him she had no money and continued walking.
The man then approached the victim from behind and pushed her to the ground. He pinned her to the ground and stole her wallet before running away. The woman, who was uninjured, reported what happened to police giving a full description of the suspect.
Investigators began working on the case and were able to come up with a
suspect. One of the investigators has had prior cases involving this same suspect who had just been released from jail and was staying in the area of where this crime took place.
The 55 year old man out of Macomb Township was positively identified by the victim and a warrant was obtained for his arrest.
Willie Powell was taken into custody on one count of Robbery – Unarmed and lodged at the Macomb County Jail.
Powell was arraigned on October 31st, 2019, in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court on one count of Robbery – Unarmed. He was given a $5,000 (10%) bond and is scheduled to return to court on November 13th, 2019, at 8:30am for a probable cause conference.
Powell was out of jail on probation at the time of his arrest. Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, he was previously convicted for:
- Retail Fraud – 1st Degree
- Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct
- Breaking &Entering – Entry Without Breaking With Intent
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