Roseville police arrest Craigslist robbery suspects

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 5, 2016 | Updated April 8, 2016 12:53pm

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ROSEVILLE — Police have announced that they arrested three suspects April 4 who possibly are connected to a series of Craigslist robberies.

Jvon Ford, 20; Quazeal March, 17; and a juvenile, all of Detroit, were arrested, according to a press release from the Roseville Police Department. Ford and March were arraigned in 39th District Court April 6 before Judge Herman Campbell. They are facing multiple charges that could see them in prison for life.

Ford and March are facing two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted robbery, three counts of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, three counts of felony firearm, and three counts of using a computer for a crime. Their next court date is April 20, and the court scheduled a preliminary examination for April 22.

According to the press release, the suspects allegedly would offer a vehicle for sale on Craigslist, meet the buyer and then rob the buyer when they met up.

Police found out that apparently the same suspects were offering a silver 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer for sale April 4, so detectives made arrangements by phone to meet in Roseville around Gratiot Avenue and Shadowoods, the release said. The arranged price was $8,300.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., the suspects approached a detective as other officers moved in. Police were able to arrest two of the suspects at that time without incident, while the third reportedly fled the scene in the vehicle the suspects had arrived in; that suspect was taken into custody without incident shortly after, police said. Police also said they recovered a handgun during the incident.

The police investigation was ongoing as of April 5, but Roseville detectives believe the suspects were involved in previous incidents in Roseville and Eastpointe.

A man reported that three suspects robbed him of $6,500 at gunpoint in Eastpointe March 29 when the man arrived at a home on Maplewood Avenue intending to purchase a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

A similar incident took place in Roseville March 28 near Macomb Mall — in the 19700 block of Jerome Street — involving the same phone number used for the setup on Maplewood, Eastpointe police said. The victim there arranged to buy a vehicle for $3,500, but allegedly was approached by the suspects and robbed at gunpoint, Roseville Police Detective Kurt Latour said in his testimony April 6.

Another incident occurred at Shadowoods and Gratiot April 2, where the victim was robbed of $5,800 in much the same way as the previous incident. In both Roseville cases prior to the police operation, the vehicle advertised for sale was a Chevrolet Impala.

Roseville Deputy Police Chief Don Glandon said in an email that a handgun was displayed in both previous Roseville incidents, and that the advertised vehicle was never on-site at the meeting place.

“Once at the agreed location, the victim would show the suspect(s) money for the purchase of the vehicle,” Glandon wrote in the email. “It was at that time the robbery would take place.”

On March 31, Eastpointe Detective Neil Childs recommended that people conduct transactions that were arranged online, such as those through Craigslist, at their local police department for safety reasons. He also recommended against carrying large sums of cash.

Ford is on probation for a previous charge of resisting arrest in Macomb County; March has no prior criminal record. Bond was set at $750,000 cash or surety only for each defendant.

Court-appointed lawyers for the defendants had not been named as of press time.

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