Suspect jumps on 911 call during armed robbery in Southfield

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — A recent armed robbery at a local hotel is under investigation.

Around 11:52 a.m. June 25, police were dispatched to a hotel in the 27000 block of Northwestern Highway on a report of multiple 911 calls.

Dispatchers told police that a man and a woman could be heard screaming on the calls.

When police arrived at the scene, they met with three witnesses and the receptionist at the front desk.

The witnesses told police that earlier, they had seen a man pass their room several times, and later saw that same man following them as they returned to their room.

Once the witnesses reached their room, police said, the man forced his way into the room.

Armed with a handgun, he demanded money from the three victims.

Police said one of the victims called 911, but the suspect jumped on her, took the cellphone and told dispatchers that “everything was OK.”

The three victims were able to flee to the front lobby, police said, while the suspect fled the area on foot with the victim’s cellphone.

Police checked the surveillance video from the hotel, which shows the suspect arriving at the north side of the hotel prior to the robbery in what could possibly be a red Ford Five Hundred, police said.

The suspect was also observed running to the vehicle around 11:54 and fleeing.

Police said the suspect is described as a black man in his 20s. He is tall with a heavy build, and was wearing a blue hospital mask, a black baseball hat, a black shirt, and gray and black shorts during the incident. Police said the man has a small tattoo between his eyes and a fade haircut.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.