Southfield police nab armed pill thief after pursuit, crash

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 5, 2020

File photo by Deb Jacques


SOUTHFIELD — An armed robbery and an ensuing pursuit ended in a crash and an arrest recently.

Police were dispatched to a pharmacy in the 29000 block of Northwestern Highway on a report of an armed robbery around 11:19 a.m. Jan. 24.

When police arrived, they spoke with a man who said he was at the location picking up a prescription, and as he was walking back to his vehicle, a man waved him over and asked for directions.

“The victim said he entered the suspect’s vehicle on the passenger side to get out of the rain and to better offer his assistance with the directions,” police said in the report.

At this point, the driver of the vehicle produced a handgun and demanded the bag of prescriptions that was in the man’s hand.

After the man gave over the bag, the suspect went through it and took out narcotic pills, before ordering the victim out of his vehicle.

Police said the suspect then fled the scene south on Northwestern.

Officers caught up with the man while he was traveling south on M-10, toward Southfield, then continued south on Southfield Freeway.

Police attempted a traffic stop, but the man did not comply and fled south on the Southfield Freeway.

When the suspect exited at Joy Road, he hit another vehicle before turning into a shopping plaza. There, he threw something out the window, police said.

In the shopping plaza parking lot, police pinned the vehicle, bringing it to a stop and ending the pursuit. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

A handgun that was reported stolen in Detroit was recovered from the vehicle, and officers also recovered several pills that the suspect had thrown out of his vehicle.