Third Time Not the Charm for Portage Armed Robbery Suspect

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Shell gas station surveillance image from 2/9/14

PORTAGE, Mich (February 14, 2014) – Detectives in Portage say they’ve arrested a suspect wanted for three armed robberies that happened within the last week.  The latest incident happening on Thursday helped lead to an arrest.

Detectives say at approximately 8:00 p.m., the JoAnn Fabrics store at 6151 South Westnedge Avenue was robbed by a male suspect armed with a gun, matching the description of a suspect wanted for two other similar incidents earlier in the week.

Investigators were able to identify the 29-year-old suspect from Texas Township, who was taken into custody on Valentine’s Day.

The first incident in this series of robberies occurred at the Shell gas station in the 5000 block of West Main Street at around 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 9th.

The second occurred around 1:30 p.m. the next day at the Woodbridge Harding’s store at 3750 West Centre Avenue.

At the grocery store, the suspect approached a counter armed with a knife demanding money.  He took some cash and left.  It appears there may have been a vehicle waiting to pick him up following the robbery in the parking lot.

In both earlier incidents, the suspect was wearing a stocking hat with ear flaps, a dark jacket with quilted stitching, a black and white circle scarf, and red baggy sweatpants.  A small red passenger car in poor condition was seen in the area during both incidents.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest made on Friday.

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