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Suspect sought in armed robbery at Detroit gas station

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

As the SUV idled at a gas pump early last Saturday in southwest Detroit, the hooded figure circled once on his bicycle then stopped a few feet behind to watch.

Less than a minute later, a crime scene unfolded.

Suspect in April 9 armed robbery near McGraw and Tarnow in Detroit.

Police say the bike-rider robbed two people at gunpoint, then shot one, around 3 a.m. April 9 outside the gas station near McGraw and Tarnow.

A camera filmed him dropping the bike and waiting for a 24-year-old man to return to the SUV, where a female companion waited inside, police said in a statement.

The robber is seen pausing for a moment, reaching into his pocket then rushing toward the pair.

At that point, investigators said, the armed man wearing a dark mask and black, hooded coat with a white symbol on the back demanded their belongings. “The victims complied while the suspect rummaged through the vehicle,” the statement read.

Shortly after another car pulls up to a nearby pump about a minute later, the 24-year-old man is shown running to the right. Then, while backing away, “the suspect fired shots at the victims, striking the female,” police said.

Suspect in April 9 armed robbery near McGraw and Tarnow in Detroit.

The woman, identified as a 29-year-old, was wounded, officials said.

Investigators on Wednesday released video footage and pictures of the suspect in a bid to generate tips from the public.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts or has information relating to the crime is asked to call the Detroit Police 4th Precinct Detective Unit at (313) 596-5440 or (313) 596-5385. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or the DPD Connect app.