Kalamazoo, MI: On Tuesday February 28th, 2017, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Kalamazoo Pubic Safety Officers were dispatched to a report of an attempted robbery in the 500 block of Pearl Street. The two victims were leaving a house in the area when they were approached by a male. The male attempted to rob the victims, producing and unknown style handgun. The victims were in their vehicle at the time of the robbery and sped off before the suspect could take any property from them. They called 911 using a cell phone and Kalamazoo Public Safety officers were able to quickly converge on the location of the robbery. An observant Public Safety Officer observed 2 males, one of which matched the description of the armed suspect, on Cedar near Pearl Street. The victim positively identified the male and he was arrested on Attempted Armed Robbery charges. The suspect was not found in possession of the gun at the time of his arrest. The second male that was with the suspect was arrested on a probation violation. Officers conducted a thorough search for the gun, including the use of a police K9; however, no weapon was located.
The 17 year old suspect was lodged at Kalamazoo County Jail. Kalamazoo Public Safety is still investigating this incident. This robbery does not appear related to the robbery earlier in the evening on W. Vine. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Lt. Sean Gordon
Date: Tuesday February 28th, 2017
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139