Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 27, 2013

Off-duty deputy confronts would-be robber

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities said two Traverse City residents attempted to rob an Elmwood Township gas station while an off-duty Leelanau sheriff’s deputy manned the counter.

The moonlighting Speedway Gas Station attendant called dispatch Friday at 1:25 a.m. to report a male suspect attempted the robbery and fled in a vehicle headed south on South West Bayshore Drive toward Traverse City.

The off-duty deputy said the suspect, 32, entered the gas station with a gray shirt on his head that covered his face excepted for his eyes. The suspect demanded the gas station’s money, but the attendant moved around the counter away from the suspect, who ran toward a tan Saturn parked on Grandview Road.

The vehicle driven by a female suspect, 41, was spotted near the M-22 and M-72 intersection but failed to stop. It was eventually stopped, with help from Traverse City police, at the intersection of Front and Division streets.

The male suspect faces an attempted unarmed robbery charge. He has two prior armed robbery convictions from Emmet County and the Petosky area and also was charged as a habitual offender.

The female suspect faces charges of a conspiracy to commit unarmed robbery, attempted unarmed robbery, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding police and driving on a suspended driver’s license.