PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (April 22, 2014)– The Kent County Sheriff’s Department responded to a jewelry store robbery on Plainfield Avenue Tuesday.
Four armed, masked robbers reportedly struck Medawar Jewelers, 4518 Plainfield Ave. NE at around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies initially said that five suspects had robbed the store.
FOX 17 joins Michigan State Police as they perform an aerial search for the jewelry store suspects:
Two employees fired back at the robbers, and deputies believe at least one of the suspects was shot in the torso area. No employees were injured.
The entire Northview Public School District was put on lock down until about 1:40 p.m., according to the superintendent.
FOX 17′s Jessica McMaster spoke with the owner and his son who said they’ve used their experience from being robbed at gunpoint back in 2010 to help them prepare for Tuesday’s events.
“We told them, ‘we have guns, we will shoot you, leave, leave we will shoot you leave,’” David Medawar, the owner’s son said. “And they did not leave. They came in and pursued to try to get all of us and we saw the threat, we saw him aiming his gun at us coming in the door, so we fired and eliminated the threat and they fled.”
The same store was robbed at noon on Oct. 5, 2010. Three men from Detroit pleaded guilty to armed robbery and felony use of a firearm in that case.