Police apprehend allegedly armed suspect

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published June 1, 2015

When police responded to a 911 call reporting an armed robbery outside of McDonald’s at Eastland Center May 28, a 20-year-old Sterling Heights man allegedly tried to run from police and tossed a gun during his attempt to flee.

He didn’t get far, however, before police arrested him.

“They got him and they got the gun,” Director of Public Safety James Burke said. “Our guys responded and did a great job.”

The suspect was arraigned May 31 on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

Police said that the victim of the reported armed robbery would not cooperate with the investigation, so police were unable to get an armed robbery charge.

Witnesses had called 911 to report the alleged armed robbery taking place in the parking lot.

The suspect ran behind the Home Depot.

“Officers gave chase and were able to apprehend and arrest (the suspect) without further incident,” Burke stated in a Nixle.com release. “Officers also recovered the handgun used by (the suspect), a stolen .40 caliber Smith & Wesson. The victim of the armed robbery refused to cooperate and left the scene.”