Police believe suspect threatened to shoot gas station clerk minutes before robbing Ypsilanti business
Police say a 43-year-old man arrested by Ypsilanti police on suspicion of robbing a business early Friday morning is also suspected of threatening a clerk at a Sunoco gas station in Ypsilanti Township just before that incident.
Sgt. Geoffrey Fox, of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, said a man entered the Sunoco, 2169 Washtenaw Ave., and demanded money while threatening to shoot the clerk. Fox said the man never showed a weapon but implied that he had a gun. Nothing was reported stolen from the store and the man left the area on foot before getting into a nearby vehicle.
“He did not display a weapon, but his body language indicated he might have had one,” Fox said.
The incident was reported at 1:44 a.m. Friday, he said. Shortly after 2 a.m., the man and a 36-year-old woman were arrested by Ypsilanti police in connection with the robbery of a business in the 500 block of East Michigan Avenue.
In a statement released Friday morning, Ypsilanti police said a man entered the Ypsilanti business and implied he had a gun. Police stopped a white Buick Rendezvous at the intersection of Ecorse Road and Davis Street after discovering it matched the vehicle description from both incidents. Money, lottery tickets and cigarettes taken from the Ypsilanti business were found in the car.
The man had his arm in a sling and injuries to his face that were consistent with a motorcycle crash, Fox said. The person who was described in both incidents had similar injuries. He was the passenger in the vehicle and the woman was driving, according to police.
Both suspects are Ypsilanti Township residents. At this point, police have not released the name of the business robbed in Ypsilanti.
Anyone with information on the incidents is encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office anonymous tip line at 734-973-7711 or Detective Sgt. T.C. Eberts at 734-482-9878.
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