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Kentwood police arrest party store armed robbery suspect

T&J Party Store in Kentwood after armed robbery
Posted at 1:01 PM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 15:44:47-04

KENTWOOD, Mich.  — A man is in custody after police say he robbed a Kentwood party store at gunpoint and led police on a chase before crashing near I-96.

The Kentwood Police Department says it started when officers were called to TJ Party Store on Shaffer Ave. SE around 9:15 a.m. Friday for reports of an armed robbery.

Officers say a witness told them a man showed a handgun and took an unknown amount of money from the store before taking off on foot.

Police say they were able to identify the suspect and attempted a traffic stop on E. Beltline Ave. as the man was leaving his residence.

Kentwood officers say the suspect jumped into the driver’s seat of the vehicle during the traffic stop and drove off.

According to the Kentwood Police Department, officers tried to chase after the vehicle but quickly ended the chase.

The suspect continued heading north before crashing the vehicle near I-96, according to police. They say the man ran from the crash scene but was located shortly after and taken into custody.