Royal Oak police seek suspects in early morning armed robbery

Couple robbed in restaurant parking lot

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 8, 2018

 Royal Oak police are seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery that took place in the parking lot of National Coney Island, 1812 N. Main St., just north of 12 Mile Road, at approximately 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Royal Oak police are seeking the public’s help to identify two suspects involved in an armed robbery that took place in the parking lot of National Coney Island, 1812 N. Main St., just north of 12 Mile Road, at approximately 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

ROYAL OAK — At approximately 1:19 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, Royal Oak police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of National Coney Island, located at 1812 N. Main St., just north of 12 Mile Road.

Police said the victims, a man and a woman in their late 30s, reported that two robbers armed with handguns approached the vehicle in which the victims were seated and demanded money.

The robbers fled on foot in an unknown direction with the victims’ wallets and the female victim’s cellphone, police said.

The female victim told police that one of the robbers struck her in the face with the handle of his gun during the incident.

Lt. Keith Spencer, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said that the woman suffered an abrasion and a bruise on her face, but she declined EMS treatment.

Police described the first suspect as a black male who stood about 6 feet tall and weighed about 220 pounds; he was wearing glasses, a light-blue hoodie with a zipper and a winter hat. Police said that the second suspect was a black male who stood about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed about 220 pounds; he was wearing all dark clothing and a ski mask.

Spencer said the department’s Criminal Investigation Division was actively investigating the crime and that, as of approximately 3:40 p.m. Feb. 6, investigators had not yet received any tips.

“It’s my understanding that (National Coney Island does) have video, but this occurred outside in the parking lot at night, and from what we know of the video, it’s pretty grainy,” he said.

Spencer advised that, if out at night, residents should try to be aware of their surroundings and stay in well-lit areas.

Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the suspects should call Spencer at (248) 246-3456.