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High-speed chase leads to two arrests

February 12, 2013

Police have a pair of men in custody who are suspects in multiple armed robberies.

According to Ferndale Police Detective Lt. Bill Wilson, at around 9 p.m. Feb. 9, a 52-year-old man was approached by an unknown man in the parking lot of the Stop & Go Deli at 1365 E. Nine Mile Road. The unknown man had a revolver in his hand and demanded the victim’s money and cellphone. The victim handed over his belongings. He told police that he believed the robber was assisted by an accomplice driving a red pickup truck.

A few hours later, Wilson said, there were two citizens robbed at gunpoint in Madison Heights, and the description of the robber and getaway vehicle matched those from the Ferndale robbery. Madison Heights officers spotted the suspect vehicle on the road, causing the driver to flee onto southbound I-75.

Police from Ferndale and Royal Oak joined in a high-speed pursuit that ended in Detroit when the two suspects bailed out of the pickup truck and fled on foot, Wilson said. Both suspects — one of which is a 40-year-old Detroit man — were apprehended shortly thereafter and remain in police custody.

The investigation continues with Ferndale and Madison Heights police working together. Wilson said that he was unable to provide further information until the investigation is complete and the case has been reviewed by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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