Mom stabbed to death; suspect steals beer, cigarettes & lotto tickets

MORE: WHY THE VICTIM WAS SO SCARED IN THE HOURS BEFORE HER DEATH

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Thirty-year-old Shawn Pike is the man police say is responsible for killing 27-year-old Nicole Gates, an employee at the Citgo gas station on M-89  in the Level Park neighborhood of Battle Creek.

Battle Creek Police Department Det. Sgt. Jim Martens says the two did know each other. Martens says the gas station closes at midnight and they believe Pike came in shortly before the end of Gates’ shift, robbing the store and then killing Gates with a knife.

Shawn Pike, photo from Michigan Sex Offender Registry

Shawn Pike, photo from Michigan Sex Offender Registry

Police say they got on scene around 3:30 Wednesday morning after a friend of Pike’s called police saying he had told them he killed a person.

Police say it took time to find out just exactly which Citgo it happened at and when officers arrived on scene they found Gates in the back of the station.

From there police developed information as to where Pike was that led them to the south side of town where they were able to find further witnesses who gave statements that developed a second suspect.

Police were then led to the downtown area and even stopped an Amtrak train to look for the suspects until they caught up with them near Capital and Territorial Road.

The second suspect hasn’t been identified, but Martens says was arrested for being an accessory after the fact.

Nicole Gates, 27, murder victim

Nicole Gates, 27, murder victim

“We had about 25 different officers and detectives, including the fugitive team, helping out with this. They moved very fast with the information,” said Martens.

This isn’t the first time Pike has been in trouble with the law.  FOX 17 found two personal protection orders against him, one filed last month by the mother of his child. In it she says he broke into her home, stole items and threatened her that if he went back to prison she would regret it.

We also looked into records that show Pike faced charges for fleeing from police and failing to report as a sex offender.

Michigan State Police records show that back in 2003 he was sentenced to spend time behind bars for assault with intent to commit sexual conduct and he just got out of prison for that in September 2012.

Police didn’t go into detail about what happened in the gas station but say it’s a heinous crime and that the motive was robbery.

Nicole Gates, mother of three killed

Nicole Gates, mother of three killed

“He took money. It appears he also took beer, cigarettes and lottery tickets. I mean what kind of person commits that type of crime and then walks out, goes to the cooler and gets a 12-pack of beer? I mean, you just don’t do that,” Martens said.

Pike is expected to be arraigned Thursday.

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5 comments

  • SPAT

    WHY DO THE COURTS NOT TAKE PERSONAL PROTECTION ORDERS SERIOUS..IF SOMEONE NEEDS A PROTECTION ORDER THEN THEY SHOULD HAVE THAT PERSON PUT AWAY !!! THIS SO COULD OF BEEN AVOIDED !!! SO SAD THAT THESE KIDS NOW HAVE TO GROW UP WITHOUT THEIR MOM :( WE REALLY NEED TO CRACK DOWN ON THESE REPEAT OFFENDERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WASTE OF BREATH SINCE THEY USUALLY HAVE MORE RIGHTS THEN US GOOD CITIZENS. AMERICA SUCKS

  • Terri

    Spat, I couldn`t agree more. Nikki was a wonderful & loving person. Her 3 small children will never have their mother, whom they love so dearly. She was the only daughter of her parents. The only sister & sibling of her brother.

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