Man allegedly pulls gun on 7-Eleven cashier in Ferndale

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published May 24, 2019

 John Briggs

John Briggs

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FERNDALE — Police officers from five cities helped arrest a man who allegedly committed armed robbery at a local 7-Eleven at approximately 2:20 a.m. May 21.

Police arrested 24-year-old John Briggs, of Ferndale, after he allegedly pulled a gun on a cashier at 7-Eleven, 1040 W. Nine Mile Road, and stole more than $150 and Juul pods for e-cigarettes.

Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown said that after the cashier handed over the items to Briggs, he fled the store and took off running south on Pinecrest Drive. The cashier was able to get a description of the robber to tell police.

Officers from Ferndale responded, and they requested help from police in the neighboring cities of Oak Park, Royal Oak and Pleasant Ridge. A K-9 unit from Southfield also arrived, which later proved important to finding Briggs, according to police.

Brown said the K-9 located items they believed belonged to Briggs, which were a baseball hat and a small purple ball.

“It almost looks like a chew toy or something,” he said. “The dog didn’t bring it with him. It was something that was located and it’s not part of the crime, so we’re not sure whether it belonged to the suspect or not, or even if it’s important, but those are the two items the Southfield K-9 found.”

Royal Oak police also were checking the area of Pinecrest near Troy Street using a forward-looking infrared camera unit on their scout car when they got an indication that someone was hiding behind a house.

This was where Briggs was placed under arrest, police said.

“He was armed and had in his pocket a black semi-automatic pistol that was fully loaded, as well as evidence in the form of U.S. currency that he had taken from the 7-Eleven,” Brown said. Brown also confirmed that e-cigarette pods were found as well.

Briggs was arraigned May 21 on a $75,000 cash-only bond. According to the Ferndale 43rd District Court, he was charged with armed robbery and several other offenses.

Briggs’ probable cause conference will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the court. His attorney, Bradley Friedman, could not be reached for comment.

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