Armed robbery suspect shot by clerk in Mount Clemens to face charges

No charges being sought against gas station employee

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 26, 2019

File photo by Deb Jacques

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The suspect involved in the April 24 armed robbery at a Mount Clemens gas station is facing multiple felony charges, including charges stemming from a March armed robbery at a Family Dollar, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

The 27-year-old man was in critical, but stable, condition at press time after being shot multiple times during an attempted armed robbery at the Mobil gas station at 116 S. Main St. at approximately 5:10 p.m. The suspect attempted to rob the clerk and customers inside.

No charges are being sought against the clerk.

Deputies, who responded to the scene on a call of multiple shots fired, arrived and located the injured suspect. Sgt. Renee Yax said the suspect, a Clinton Township resident, had been shot by the gas station clerk six times. There were no other injuries

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has reviewed the case, and on April 26, issued an eight-count warrant for the suspect, including three counts of armed robbery and multiple weapons charges. Sheriff’s officials said the gun used in the robbery was stolen.

Sheriff’s officials said the suspect attempted to leave with money, cigarettes and lighters.

In a report, the Prosecutor’s Office detailed that the suspect allegedly aimed his gun at the store clerk and pulled the trigger, resulting in an audible “click.” The clerk fired his own weapon at the suspect, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground just outside of the store door.  

The Prosecutor’s Office said the suspect is also being charged with one count of armed robbery; one count of firearms, receiving and concealing; one count of firearms, possession by a felon; and one count felony firearms for his alleged role in the April 5 armed robbery of Family Dollar on Harper Avenue in Clinton Township.

“The defendant’s blatant disregard for the law and the safety of those around him is beyond appalling,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith stated in a press release. “While on a tether for first degree retail fraud, in broad daylight, the defendant walked into three different stores, revealing a weapon, demanding money and cigarettes.

“Ironically, the defendant can be traced to all three of the (locations) where these armed robberies occurred through his tether,” Smith stated. “Had he not been apprehended … I have no doubt the defendant would have continued to wreak havoc in Macomb County with his heinous, criminal behavior.”

The suspect, whose name was not being released at press time pending arraignment, is also facing charges in the March 29 armed robbery at the Family Dollar on North Gratiot Avenue in Mount Clemens.

According to officials, an armed man wearing a mask entered the store and demanded that the clerk give him cash from the register. He then fled the store with the cash. Officials said nobody was injured, including the clerk and several patrons who were in the store at the time.

In the Family Dollar case, the suspect has been charged with an additional four-count warrant, including armed robbery and weapons charges.

At press time, the arraignment was slated to take place at 41-A1 District Court in Shelby Township when the suspect’s medical condition allows, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

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