Police search for suspects after three separate armed robberies

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–Police are searching for suspects in three separate armed robberies that all took place early Sunday morning.

Police said the first robbery happened around 2:50 a.m. on Prospect NE. Apparently, the male victim had met up with an acquaintance, and the two walked to the man’s home. The victim told police they were followed by two other men, who then went into the victim’s home. All three men then apparently assaulted the victim, taking property from him and stealing his car. Police said one of the suspects had a gun, though it’s unclear if there are three or four suspects in this case. The suspects were all described as black men with heavy accents.

The second robbery, according to officials, happened near the intersection of Giddings Ave SE and Logan St SE around 3 a.m. In this case, the victim was apparently walking down the road when a man with a silver handgun approached him. The suspect told the victim to drop his wallet, but the victim pulled out a knife. The suspect ran, and it’s unclear if anything was taken from the victim. This suspect was described as a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

The third robbery, which officers said happened a little after 3:30 a.m., took place in the 1200 block of Cass Ave SE. Police said a black man in a black hooded sweatshirt approached two people with a gun. He apparently stole cigarettes and $1 from the two victims, then ran off.

Police said it’s not known if any of the robberies are connected in any way. They ask that anyone with information contact Grand Rapids Police at 616-456-3403.

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9 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    Either wall off the S.E. side, or send them all back to Africa! !!!!!!!

    Every single day you see these animals on the news either killing or robbing each other. What a pathetic way to live!

    • J Davis

      As soon as u go back to Europe, and quit being rasict over the internet. For the record, I don’t condone or support this type of violence. Its very ignorant of you to make that kind of statement. as if all black people R criminals, if that’s the case, I should stereotype and say all white people should be locked up because they believe in insest and rape, which majority of the CSC case white males are the suspect. But that would be ignorant because not one race of people are worse or better than the other.

      • TheFoundingFathers

        So you obviously think it’s ok for 30% of the countries population to commit over 72% of the violent crimes in our country. I love your CSC comments, why not accept the fact that there is a massive problem with the black community in this country. All you have to do is look at the facts. Until then you should just be honest with yourself and do some research on this subject. Oh by the way on every given day across the country over 100+ blacks are murdered and it’s their own kind doing the killing, think about that for a little……

        • commonsense

          Actually the black population is closer to 15% of the population but they commit 85% of violent crimes and black males commit 6 times as many crimes as white males.

          • J Davis

            Many people fought long and hard against hundreds of years of slavery and then for desegregation against predominantly stubborn White refusal and often violent backlash just to be able to sit on a public toilet next to white people, and now when Black people talk about empowerment, advancement, liberation, economic independence, equality, or “Black Power” we can’t even have a private conversation in our own restrooms without you wanting to peek in and watch us wipe. There’s no respect from White people in their “White right” or “White might” towards Black folks, nor a truly discernible desire for understanding between us so I’m not interested in talking right now and don’t know when I will be if ever. 

        • J Davis

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        • J Davis

          When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.
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  • Prospectne

    I am near 800 block of Prospect NE neighborhood. We heard gunshots late, after midnight. Lots of foot traffic up and down there every night. We definitely need more GRPD presence and drive byes here. I call GRPD for loud disturbances, it takes 30 to 45 min. for a drive by and the hood rats have moved on by then.

  • Prospectne

    Fox17.. Which Block of Prospect NE? You gave the exact block and intersection of the other two armed robberies. Give us the block on Prospect NE this occurred.