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Police catch suspect in holdup of high school student

By: Alex Tekip | Advertiser Times | Published May 11, 2016

File photo by Alex Tekip

HARPER WOODS — A suspect who allegedly produced a handgun and threatened a Harper Woods High School student while the student was walking to school is in police custody, according to a press release issued by Harper Woods Public Safety Deputy Chief John Vorgitch. 

At 10 a.m. May 11, the student was told to empty his pockets and backpack after a robber threatened him and pulled out a gun, according to the release. The release states that the robber was in a vehicle that pulled next to the student at the corner of Huntington and Beaconsfield. The robber fled the scene once he realized the student had nothing of value. The student was not injured. 

The release states that the student reported the incident to the school resource officer upon arriving at the high school. The student was able to recall detailed information about the robber’s description, vehicle and last known direction, according to the release. 

Officers used this information to locate the vehicle, which was unoccupied when they found it. An individual later identified as the suspect entered the car a short time later, according to the release. 

The suspect, identified as a 19-year-old man, was taken into custody without incident. He was being held without bond at the Harper Woods Department of Public Safety. According to the release, police anticipated that the suspect would be arraigned on multiple felonies, including armed robbery, in 32A District Court.