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West Bloomfield police make arrest in armed robbery case

Facebook posts lead to suspect in West Bloomfield

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 11, 2018

WEST BLOOMFIELD — A West Bloomfield police officer helped arrest a suspect accused of armed robbery recently. 

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the area of Baldwin Road and Montcalm Street for a complaint about an armed robbery at 3:48 p.m. May 29. 

The victim, an 18-year-old resident of Pontiac, said he had set up a deal on Facebook to sell a pair of shoes to an unknown buyer. The victim said that when the buyer arrived, the victim handed the shoes over for inspection. 

“The victim stated that the buyer presented a black handgun and ordered the victim to ‘give him everything,’” reads an OCSO report. “The victim told the suspect he didn’t have anything.” 

The suspect left the scene in a vehicle. 

The victim gave deputies a description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. 

Deputies searched Facebook and located a suspect, a 27-year-old Farmington Hills resident. Deputies were able to identify the vehicle from photos on Facebook. 

The Sheriff’s Office issued a “be on the lookout” bulletin to local police agencies detailing the suspect and his vehicle. 

A West Bloomfield officer was on Middlebelt Road, near Long Lake Road, and since the suspect lives in Farmington Hills, it was thought that the suspect could use Middlebelt Road to leave Pontiac and head home, said WBPD Deputy Chief Curt Lawson. 

“(Our officer) saw the vehicle, confirmed it was the car, and she called for backup,” said Lawson. “She observed that down the road, children were playing, so she initiated a traffic stop (where she was) for the safety of the children.” 

In potential felony cases and in situations where a suspect might be armed, WBPD officers always call for backup, said Lawson.

“Because (our officer) had information (that the suspect) was armed, she did hold the suspect at gunpoint until other officers arrived,” said Lawson. 

The suspect did have a gun on him. He was taken into custody by WBPD officers and was released into the custody of the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified that the suspect had been stopped by the West Bloomfield Police Department. 

The victim later identified the suspect as the person who had robbed him. 

The suspect was lodged at the Oakland County Jail, and charges are pending.