Police seek gunman who allegedly robbed couple in their driveway

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 21, 2017

File photo by Deb Jacques


A couple was physically unharmed after they were robbed by a man with a semi-automatic handgun Sunday morning in the driveway of their home, police said.

“This is a rare incident,” said Royal Oak Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Keith Spencer. “The time of day that this happened, and the location that it occurred in, it just doesn’t happen in Royal Oak.

“Our investigators are looking into this incident, and our patrol officers will maintain their vigilance and keep an eye out for activity such as this.”

Spencer said a 911 call came in at 7:05 a.m. Aug. 20 stating that a man with a semi-automatic handgun demanded the couple, in their 50s, give up their personal items while they loaded luggage into their vehicle in the driveway of their home in the 600 block of South Edgeworth Avenue. The home is located just south of Fourth Street and west of Interstate 75.

Spencer said the suspect stole a wallet, keys, phones and jewelry before getting into an awaiting silver four-door sedan.

Police said the suspect was described as a clean-shaven, thin black man in his 20s who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants. The suspect vehicle was described as a newer silver Chevrolet Malibu or Impala. The driver was described only as a black male.

Spencer said officers searched the area and determined that the car took off in the direction of I-75. He said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call Spencer at (248) 246-3456.

“We are actively working the case, and the detectives are following up on the information that was obtained from the incident,” Spencer said. He said no further details would be given out at this time.

Police said no other robberies were reported at the time of the crime.