Suspect in Warren attempted robbery, theft arrested in Detroit

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 9, 2019

 Thomas Pascua

Thomas Pascua

WARREN — A man accused of using a pocketknife during an attempted robbery at a Family Dollar and then stealing a customer’s wallet at a nearby 7-Eleven about a half-hour later was arrested in Detroit July 7.

Thomas Kaye Pascua, 41, of Warren, was arraigned July 8 on charges of assault with intent to commit robbery while armed, larceny and resisting arrest. He faces any term up to life in prison if convicted on the assault charge tied to the alleged robbery. Police said he has a criminal history that includes prior felony convictions.  

“The suspect was hanging out near the register of the Family Dollar located at 4126 E. Nine Mile Road,” said Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department. “He approached the clerk before she could even say hello. He stated, ‘Give me all the twenties out of your register.”

Houtos said Pascua allegedly jumped over the counter and argued with the employee before he pulled out a pocketknife and again demanded money. The employee reportedly backed away from the register when she couldn’t get it to open, and Pascua fled after he, too, was unsuccessful in his attempt to access the cash.

About 15 minutes later, Pascua allegedly took a customer’s wallet at 7-Eleven, located at 4880 E. Nine Mile Road.

“Basically, he was hanging out by the coffee pots. He told the clerk he was waiting for somebody,” Houtos said. “The customer came in, was purchasing coffee and set his wallet down on the counter by the coffee pots.”

Pascua allegedly grabbed the wallet and ran out of the store. He later allegedly used one of the victim’s credit cards at a gas station in Detroit, near Eight Mile and Dequindre roads.

The white full-sized work van that Pascua was seen running to following the theft at 7-Eleven was located in Detroit by Warren police within about 20 minutes. Pascua was arrested after a brief foot chase that ended without further incident.

The knife allegedly used in the attempted robbery was recovered.

Pascua remained held in the Macomb County Jail with bail set at $150,000 ahead of his next court appearance, a probable cause conference before Judge Matthew Sabaugh at 8:45 a.m. July 18. An attorney had not yet been appointed to represent him as of press time, according to court records.