GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (April 28, 2014) – Grand Rapids Police say a man has been taken into custody for questioning following an armed robbery at a party store on the city’s southwest side earlier today.
A male suspect armed with what appeared to be a handgun entered the Butterworth Party Store demanding money from the clerk and a customer that was behind the counter when he rushed in.
The video shows the suspect hop over the counter and threaten both men at gunpoint before running from the store. The suspect also pulled one of them out of a chair and threw both to the ground before making his getaway.
The customer that was in the store followed the suspect in his own vehicle to get a description of the car the suspect was driving.
That description led police to a home in the 800 block of Bridge Street. One man was taken into custody that police believe was staying at the home. A woman and child were also at the home when police responded and are cooperating with the investigation.
Investigators say no one was hurt either at the home on Bridge Street or at the party store. They’re still investigating whether or not this crime is connected to other reported robberies in the Grand Rapids area in recent days.
The raw video of the armed robbery is in the video player above. We will hear from the clerk and the customer who were in the store when the robbery happened tonight on FOX17 News at Ten.