GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A unarmed man sparked off what the GRPD is calling a one man crime spree. Police released a few details to Fox 17 Wednesday night, as they were still piecing together the evenings events.
They told us the series of crimes, as they unfolded, ultimately leading to the arrest where we sent a crew, as they were hauling the suspect’s minivan away to police impound.
The Grand Rapids Police Department tells Fox 17, a Hispanic, male, 25, 5’11, 195 lbs., wearing a MSU varsity style jacket, kicked off his spree, when he ran in and stole several cases of beer at the Seven Eleven at 1349 Alpine at 7:30 p.m. The suspect then fled in a silver minivan. At 9:00 p.m., the suspect committed his first unarmed robbery when he ran up behind a woman at the Family Dollar on Leonard St., near Seward and grabbed her purse. At 9:47, the suspect then robbed another woman of her purse at St. Mary’s Hospital, at 200 Jefferson.
Then, at approximately 10:00 p.m. GRPD patrol spotted the silver minivan, sitting behind the Speedway gas station at Leonard and Turner. The suspect was sitting in the vehicle, matching the description and still wearing the white sleeved MSU jacket described in the earlier robberies.
He was in possession of the stolen cases of beer from Seven Eleven, but also the stolen purses. All were found in the van.
The suspect was a passenger in the vehicle and is currently being held on two counts of unarmed robbery and one count of retail fraud. The driver is also being held, but at this time, police can only say he is being held on a traffic offense with the possibility of other charges.
Fox 17 will have more details on this story as more information becomes available.