Suspect identified in 2015 liquor store robbery

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 8, 2016

 Robert Horton

Robert Horton


MOUNT CLEMENS — Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his detectives have identified and arrested the man they say is responsible for a November 2015 armed robbery that took place at the South Valley Liquor Store in Mount Clemens.

Wickersham said investigators with the Sheriff’s Enforcement Team (SET) had been investigating the robbery since the suspect walked into the liquor store on Gratiot at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2015.

The investigation came to a head on Sept. 1, when detectives were provided with an anonymous tip that the suspect was a 53-year-old man from Mount Clemens.

SET consists of a group of sheriff’s detectives who investigate violent crimes, conduct narcotics investigations, perform surveillance, execute search warrants, make fugitive apprehensions and handle sensitive investigations. They work closely with Crime Stoppers and accept anonymous tips.

On the evening of the robbery, deputies responded to the store after a panic alarm was received. Upon investigating the incident, deputies learned that a man had entered the store twice within minutes. On the second visit, the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and demanded money from the clerk.

Surveillance cameras recorded the crime.

After receiving the tip, Wickersham said detectives searched a law enforcement computer database and learned that the man had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. In addition, his appearance matched the images that had been captured on the South Valley Liquor Store’s surveillance cameras.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 1, Robert Lee Horton was arrested at his girlfriend’s home in Clinton Township. He was video-arraigned at 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on a charge of armed robbery. Horton was given a $200,000 cash-or-surety bond, and he remained in the Macomb County Jail at press time.

Horton had no attorney appointed at press time. He is due back in court Sept. 14.