Parolee arraigned in Lenox Township store robbery

The Detroit News

A parolee was arraigned Thursday in the armed robbery of a Lenox Township convenience store earlier this month.

Joseph James Gress, 33, was arrested at a Roseville motel and arraigned on an armed robbery charge in 42-2 District Court of New Baltimore.

The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office believe Gress robbed a 7-11 at 35931 26 Mile on April 8.

They say he entered the store about 4:15 a.m., went up to the counter and bought a pack of Newport cigarettes. He then brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money. After the clerk complied, the man left.

Gress was identified after police released a store security camera video showing the crime.

Gress is on parole for second-degree home invasion and unarmed robbery for two separate incidents in 2007, according to state records.

Macomb Lt. John Michalke said Thursday he did not know if Gress is responsible for other recent convenience store robberies in the area.

Gress is facing a life in prison term if found guilty of the felony. He was given a $100,000 bond and is due back in court 9 a.m. April 28.