Two in custody for spate of robberies in south Macomb County

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 9, 2018

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WARREN/ROSEVILLE/ST. CLAIR SHORES — A man and a woman arrested in connection with an armed robbery at a Warren convenience store have reportedly confessed to the crime, and to four more robberies in Roseville and St. Clair Shores.

According to a press release from the Warren Police Department, Antonio Woods, 20, and Jazimine Ellis, 19, were identified as the suspects in a robbery of an employee at the 7-Eleven on 10 Mile Road, at Hayes Road, at 1:13 a.m. Dec. 21. Police believe the pair also committed a robbery at a 7-Eleven in Roseville 15 minutes prior to that.

During the Warren robbery, Woods was allegedly armed with a handgun when he approached an employee who was stocking shelves and demanded money. He allegedly pressed the gun into the employee’s back and ordered him to empty the cash register. Police alleged that Ellis took the cash from a second register before the pair fled the store.

Warren detectives interviewed witnesses and used social media to identify Woods and Ellis, and were eventually able to tie them to an address in Eastpointe. The Warren Police Department’s Special Ops surveillance team eventually located them at the address and arrested them at about 9 p.m. Jan. 4., after which they allegedly confessed to the Warren robbery and to four more heists in Roseville and St. Clair Shores.  

Woods and Ellis were arraigned Jan. 8 on charges of armed robbery and remained held in the Macomb County Jail at press time with bail set at $2 million cash. Both reportedly requested court-appointed attorneys. They are next scheduled to appear in the 37th District Court for a probable cause conference on Jan. 18.

“I am proud of Warren’s officers and how they were able to use technology to solve this crime and the robberies in two neighboring communities,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “We will continue to use every resource available to make our community safer.”

Dwyer said Warren detectives will share information learned during the course of the investigation with their law enforcement counterparts in neighboring cities.