Brothers charged in Chesterfield Twp. robbery attempt

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Two brothers have been charged after police say they tried to rob a 7-Eleven in Chesterfield Township.

An officer spotted Jake Andrew Smith, 19, back his 2008 Ford Explorer into the parking lot of a closed auto shop near 24 Mile and Gratiot about midnight Wednesday, pull a hood over his head and face, and walk across the street to the convenience store, investigators said in a statement.

The officer requested back-up, approached the SUV and talked to the front-seat passenger: Smith’s 21-year-old brother, Nicholas Smith, “who could not give a logical explanation as to why they had parked in the closed … lot,” the release said.

At the same time, Jake Smith returned “as if nothing out of the ordinary had transpired” and 911 dispatchers alerted officers about a clerk at the convenience store who reported a man matching his description, using a hand in one pocket to imply a weapon, just attempted to rob her, authorities said.

The clerk told Jake Smith that he needed to scan items for purchase before the register would open, at which point “the suspect then possibly became concerned with another customer that was in the back of the store preparing a coffee, causing him to flee on foot before obtaining any money,” police said in the statement.

Officers arrested the Macomb Township brothers and found a knife in Jake Smith’s jacket pocket as well as a baggie full of what appeared to be marijuana in his SUV ashtray.

The siblings were arraigned Wednesday via video at the 42-2 District Court in New Baltimore.

Jake Smith faces a charge of assault with intent to rob while armed, a 15-year felony, and “possession of marijuana possession, a misdemeanor.

Nicholas Smith also was charged with assault with intent to rob while armed.

Bond was set at $25,000 each for the men, who are held at the Macomb County Jail.

The brothers each have court hearings scheduled for May 9, county records show.