Police arrest suspect in armed robbery

Alleged gunman faces up to life in prison

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published July 19, 2013

HAZEL PARK — A Hazel Park man is facing felony charges, accused of robbing a person on the street at gunpoint. 

The suspect is 20-year-old Terri L. McCants, arraigned before Magistrate Patrick Brennan in Hazel Park 43rd District Court on July 4. He is charged with armed robbery, punishable by up to life in prison, and a felony firearm charge, punishable by up to two years in prison. He is currently being held on $150,000 cash bond or surety.

Marshall Goldberg, the suspect’s attorney, declined to comment on the case.

The incident occurred near East Goulson and Hughes around 10:30 p.m. July 3. Police said the suspect confronted another 20-year-old Hazel Park man walking down the street, grabbed him and pointed a gun at the victim’s chest, demanding money.

The suspect received a small amount of cash and some change, as well as the victim’s cellphone. He then reportedly fled north on foot, at which point the victim went to call police from a phone at a nearby resident’s house.

Police searched the area and located a man matching the suspect’s description a few blocks over in the 23000 block of Crossley.

“Upon sight of the officer, he took off running,” said Hazel Park Police Lt. Brian Buchholz. “After a short foot chase, officers all converged on the area. They located and arrested him near the football field of Hazel Park High School, retrieving the phone and money on him. They were able to grab onto him without any further resistance.”

During the foot chase, police also located the gun allegedly used in the crime — a loaded .32-caliber revolver, lying in plain sight on a sidewalk on Crossley.

“It is unknown what his motive was for the crime,” Buchholz said. “We’re not aware of any potential drug dependency.”

He commended the work of everyone involved in apprehending the suspect.

“The officers, along with dispatch, did an excellent job of getting the information out and responding to the area,” Buchholz said. “And the victim did a wonderful job also, going to the nearest residence and calling 911. Time is of the essence in that kind of a crime, leading us to the suspect to conduct the arrest.”