Suspect found riding bike after alleged gas station robbery
Posted May 18, 2017
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Police arrested a man suspected in the armed robbery of a local gas station after seeing the suspect in the area riding a bike early May 18.
The man was taken to the Royal Oak Police Department, where he was awaiting arraignment.
Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Sgt. Donald Swiatkowski said the man also is believed to be a suspect in a breaking and entering in Troy.
Officers responded to a call from the Speedway gas station at 4727 Crooks Road, at 14 Mile Road, at about 2:15 a.m. May 18 after a clerk reported that a man had entered the business and, after spending a few moments in the store, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money.
Police said the clerk gave the man the contents of the cash drawer, and the suspect immediately left the store.
No one was injured in the incident.
Swiatkowski said officers responding to the scene saw a man on a bicycle near Crooks Road and Lexington Boulevard.
Police said the man matched the physical description of the suspect, but was wearing different clothing.
“The police were just very, very attentive, and they were heading to this call, coming from the south end of town, and the officers did a great job in recognizing this person matching the physical description, and certainly that alerted them, and they did a fantastic job,” Swiatkowski said. “Oftentimes you are going to events like this and you are concerned about getting to the location as soon as possible, but these officers had the wherewithal — they were just looking at everything while they were responding — and they did a great job.”
After stopping the man, police said they found an airsoft gun on him that matched the description of the weapon used in the robbery.
“The suspect was also in possession of narcotic paraphernalia and had a large amount of cash hidden in his shoe,” Swiatkowski said.
A K-9 track of the area was conducted, and two black shirts were located near a dumpster in the area of Crooks and Normandy roads.
The Speedway clerk told police that the suspect was wearing a black shirt when he came in the store.
Swiatkowski said the suspect is expected to be arraigned May 19.
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Staff Writer Victoria Mitchell covers Royal Oak and Clawson along with Royal Oak and Clawson school districts. Mitchell has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2014 and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University. She is a Michigan Press Association award-winner for writing, design and general excellence and in her spare time enjoys volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America.
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