Gunman robs 7-Eleven in Madison Heights

Police searching for suspect

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published January 24, 2018

 Police are searching for the armed suspect in this surveillance footage robbing a 7-Eleven in Madison Heights.

Police are searching for the armed suspect in this surveillance footage robbing a 7-Eleven in Madison Heights.

Photos provided by the Madison Heights Police Department

MADISON HEIGHTS — Police are investigating a robbery at a convenience store in Madison Heights where the suspect appeared to be armed. At press time, the suspect was still at large.


The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. Jan. 23 at the 7-Eleven store located at 815 W. 11 Mile Road. The suspect is described as a black man, 35 to 45 years old, about 5 feet 3 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing red pants, a gray shirt with a “Detroit vs. Everybody” logo on it, a brown leather jacket with a hole in the right pocket, and a black baseball cap with a sticker on the brim. 


Police say the suspect walked to the counter of the convenience store and asked the clerk for a pack of cigarettes. Then he reportedly demanded that the clerk open the register and give him the money. The suspect allegedly warned the clerk not to say a word and threatened to shoot her if she did not comply.


At this point, the clerk noticed the suspect’s right hand in his jacket pocket, and reportedly observed a gun barrel pointing out through a hole in the jacket, police say. 


The suspect left the store with $120 in cash. Another 7-Eleven employee who was in the backroom during the incident notified police after the clerk said they had been robbed. Police say no one was injured.


The suspect allegedly fled southbound on Hampden Street, driving a 2013-15 Jeep Cherokee, described as having a bug shield on the front. 


“The investigation is still ongoing, and we’re still following several investigative leads,” Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said. “We’re asking for tips from the public to help generate further leads to help identify the suspect.”


The lieutenant said that the clerk handled herself well in the situation.


“Being a victim of a robbery is a traumatic event, and anyone in that position should cooperate and give what is demanded,” Siladke said. “Being the best witness you can be is the best course of action, rather than trying to put up a fight and risking injury. Remaining calm could be easier said than done, but a cool head will be able to provide for better recollection of important facts that will help police investigate and find the suspect.”


Anyone with information on this or other incidents is asked to call the Madison Heights Police Department at (248) 585-2100.