Police: Robber fled after back-and-forth with clerk

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 1, 2019


WARREN — A would-be robber fled without the cash he was demanding after a back-and-forth exchange with a clerk who told him to come behind the counter and get it himself at the Holiday Inn Express near 11 Mile and Hoover roads Jan. 26.

Warren Police Detective Sgt. Robert Eidt said the suspect — described as a 40-year-old white man, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140 pounds, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and black pants — entered the lobby of the inn after 3:35 p.m.

“(He) waited until the clerk was alone. He approached the clerk and was armed with some sort of knife, made demands to have the register emptied,” Eidt said. “Apparently, the clerk took a step back and advised the suspect to jump behind the desk and take it.”

The allegedly armed perpetrator reportedly used an obscenity to advise the clerk that he was serious.

“The suspect said, ‘I’m not (expletive) playing. Give me the money!’ The victim, the clerk, says, ‘I’m not playing either. Come get it,’” Eidt said. “They went back and forth several times and eventually the suspect walked away.”

No injuries were reported and nothing was taken. The incident remained under investigation at press time.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the incident can reach Warren detectives at (586) 498-1089.