Suspect arrested, charged in three armed robberies in Madison Heights

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published November 13, 2019




MADISON HEIGHTS — Police in Madison Heights believe they have captured the suspect in three armed robbery incidents that occurred mere days apart on the same stretch of 11 Mile Road. 

The suspect is Scott Davis, 32. He lives in the 26000 block of Palmer Avenue, a short distance from the three businesses he is accused of robbing. 

These include the 7-Eleven at 815 W. 11 Mile Road, around 6 a.m. Nov. 12; the Cottage Inn at 505 W. 11 Mile Road, about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9; and the Mobil Gas Station at 404 W. 11 Mile Road, around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6.

In each case, the suspect reportedly threatened the clerk at knifepoint, demanding money from the register. In the third and final case, at the 7-Eleven, the clerk was cleaning up in the back when he heard the customer bell ring and he saw the suspect standing there with a knife in his right hand. 

The suspect reportedly told him that he only needs $50, and that he should just hand over the money since the store has insurance. The clerk discreetly pressed the holdup button and then handed the suspect all of the money in the register. The clerk also called 911 after the suspect left. 

Police formed a perimeter around the area and called in the Troy Police Department’s K-9 unit, which tracked the suspect to his home on Palmer Avenue, where they identified him and arrested him without incident. The identification was made in part with video footage from the businesses. Neither the suspect nor any of the clerks were harmed.  

Davis was arraigned at noon Nov. 13 by Magistrate Kimberly Wilson in Madison Heights 43rd District Court, on three counts of armed robbery, each carrying a possible penalty of up to life in prison. His bond was set at $300,000 cash bond or surety, at $100,000 for each count. His attorney, Eric Wilson, was not available for comment at press time.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Corey Haines said that the case was unusual in some respects.

“I don’t know that I’ve seen this exact thing where the same person is robbing multiple establishments in such close proximity, but what I’ve seen is that in the past some suspects have continued to rob the same types of business, so if they rob convenience stores they’ll continue to rob convenience stores. But this one is a bit different,” Haines said. “I think from what we have so far in the investigation is this suspect was committing these robberies on foot, without a vehicle, and in relation to where this suspect lives, all of these businesses were extremely close, so he could commit the robbery and then quickly get home before we could locate him.”

Haines also noted that the suspect admitted to struggling with a heroin addiction.

The chief said that the clerks did everything right in handling the situation.

“When this person came in brandishing a knife, they cooperated and gave him what he was looking for and he left without incident. We don’t want him to be out there committing more crimes, obviously, but the more important thing is the safety of our residents, and these clerks did what they should’ve done, which is staying as calm as possible, notifying us as soon as possible after the suspect has left, and being good witnesses, observing which way he left and what kind of clothing he was wearing,” Haines said. “This helped us to match the suspect in these three incidents before we even had the (surveillance) video or the suspect in custody.”