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February 14, 2013

Carjacking suspect arrested

Authorities eye link to earlier armed robbery

By Robert Guttersohn
C & G Staff Writer

Joseph Aaron Crossley

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Macomb man was arrested in Mount Clemens Feb. 8 after allegedly carjacking a pair of teenagers in Macomb Township earlier that day, according to a Macomb County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The sheriff’s office believes the suspect also was responsible for an armed robbery incident at another local pizzeria a few days earlier.
While two employees were leaving work at the Little Caesars Pizza on 21 Mile Road, authorities claim Joseph Aaron Crossley used a handgun to force the two out of their vehicle.

Officials said the suspect allegedly demanded their money and then stole their vehicle.
When the deputies arrived on scene, the victims — a 19- and 16-year-old — provided a description of the vehicle and the suspect. The vehicle was spotted within the hour in Mount Clemens, authorities said. The handgun Crossley allegedly used was stolen, officials said.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the two victims were not harmed.
The county prosecutor charged Crossley Feb. 11 for the Little Caesars incident and an armed robbery that occurred earlier in the month.

Authorities believes Crossley may have committed the Feb. 4 armed robbery of a Dominos Pizza along 21 Mile Road. Wickersham said the clothing he allegedly wore and foot impressions Crossley left behind linked him to both scenes.
The suspect in the first incident allegedly got away with more than $2,500 and an employee’s cellphone. Also in that incident, authorities believe Crossley stole a pizza delivery driver’s vehicle, but the vehicle was found abandoned in a subdivision not too far from the pizzeria.

Crossley is being held in Macomb County Jail and was given no bond during a weekend interim hearing. He was formerly charged Feb. 11 for both crimes in 41-A District Court in Shelby. His charges include two counts of carjacking, armed robbery from the Feb. 4 incident and a multitude of felony firearm charges from both crimes. He is being held on $500,000 bond.

Crossley chose for a public defender to represent him, but as of press time, the court had not assigned him one. He will be in court again Feb. 25 for a preliminary examination.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Robert Guttersohn at rguttersohn@candgnews.com or at (586)218-5006.