Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a reported armed robbery in the 700 block of Douglas Ave. Responding officers located the victim, a 23 year-old female, who reported being assaulted and robbed of her purse.
The victim reported that she was approached by two subjects while she was in the Daysha’s convenience store. The subjects engaged in a conversation with her and eventually left the store in a vehicle. As the victim was walking home, she was approached by one of the subjects she had met at the store. The male pointed a handgun at her demanding that she hand over her purse. The suspect struck the victim several times in the head with the handgun after the victim refused to comply. The male eventually grabbed the purse and fled on foot. As the male was running, he dropped the handgun in the intersection of W. North and Douglas Ave. Officers recovered the weapon used which was found to be a facsimile firearm.
Officers began searching the area and located the suspect vehicle leaving the scene as a canine team responded to track the suspect that had fled on foot. During the K9 track, the victim’s purse was recovered; however the male that fled on foot is still at large. He is described as black male in early twenties with a thin build last scene wearing a white shirt and yellow hat. The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 26 year-old Kalamazoo resident, was arrested for his role in the armed robbery and a parole violation. He was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail pending review of this investigation by the prosecutor’s office.
The victim was transported to Borgess hospital for treatment. Her injuries are considered to be non life threatening.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Lt. Matt Huber
Date: May 22nd, 2012
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Julie Parsons, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139