Macomb Township man arraigned for unarmed robbery

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 5, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS – A Macomb Township man found himself back in jail after allegedly robbing a woman.

On Oct. 28 at approximately 8:20 p.m., Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies took a report from a woman who had been robbed.

A press release states the 46-year-old woman had been walking in the area of Elizabeth Road and Madison Avenue, on the northside of Mount Clemens, when she was approached by a man asking for money.

The woman told the man she did not have any money, and the man continued to state that he needed money and had just been released from jail.

Police confirmed the man, identified as 55-year-old Willie Powell, of Macomb Township, had just been released from jail and was staying in the area of the crime.

The woman again told Powell she had no money and continued walking. Powell then approached the woman from behind and pushed her to the ground. He then pinned her down and stole her wallet before running away.

The release indicates the woman was uninjured and reported what happened to police, giving a full description of the man.

Investigators began working on the case and were able to come up with a suspect.

Powell was arrested and taken into custody on one count of unarmed robbery and lodged at the Macomb County Jail.

In 2018, Circuit Court records reveal Powell was charged with first and second-degree retail fraud; assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer; and habitual offender-fourth offense notice. In August 2018, he was sentenced to two years of probation and 180 days in jail.

Powell was arraigned Oct. 31 in the 41-B Clinton Township District Court and given a $5,000 bond. Powell is scheduled to return to court Nov. 13 for a probable cause conference. As of press time, no attorney has been assigned to Powell’s case.