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Three suspects sentenced for attempted robbery of Paul Medawar Jewelry

Posted at 7:19 PM, Aug 25, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS,  Mich. — Three men have been sentenced to prison for the attempted robbery of Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry earlier this year.

Darnell Brown, Charles Fortune and Zack Cender all will face prison time following the incident that occurred on Jan. 23.

According to an announcement Tuesday afternoon, those three men plus four others came to Grand Rapids from Lansing to rob the jewelry store that day.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, four of them walked into the jewelry store, located at 4518 Plainfield Ave. NE, where they attempted to break a Rolex Watch display case with hammers. That’s when deputies said an employee pulled out a gun and shot at the suspects.

One of the four was wounded.

Investigators said the driver of a stolen black Dodge Ram, who court records identify as Fortune, picked the four up. The truck was left on 5 Mile Road later. Deputies said that’s when the group split up into two other vehicles. Police later caught up with them and a brief chase took place on Interstate 96.

The sentencings call for Brown and Fortune to spend more than 2 years in prison while Cender was sentenced to just more than one year behind bars.

Investigators say they still need help finding the other three men involved. If you have any information call the FBI at (313) 965-2323.

(Left to right) Darnell Brown, Charles Fortune, and Zack Cender

(Left to right) Darnell Brown, Charles Fortune, and Zack Cender