Foiled gas station robbery suspect charged in 2 other incidents

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
A man who police say attempted to rob a Mount Clemens gas station Wednesday had the tables turned on him when a worker opened fire.

An alleged would-be robber wounded when a Mount Clemens gas station worker turned the tables and opened fire on him this week has been linked to two other armed robberies, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office said Friday.

The 27-year-old man, who has not been identified, remains hospitalized in critical  condition. He was expected to be arraigned at 41-A1 District Court in Shelby Township when his condition improves.

The Clinton Township resident was shot multiple times when he allegedly tried to take money, cigarette and lighters from a Mobil station on South Main in Mount Clemens at about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday using a stolen .22 revolver, investigators said.

"The armed robbery concluded when the defendant aimed his gun at the store clerk and pulled the trigger, resulting in an audible 'click,' " the Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. "The clerk, fearing for his life and the lives of the gas station patrons, fired his own weapon at the defendant, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground just outside of the store door."

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith charged him with three counts of armed robbery, a life offense; one count of firearms – receiving and concealing, a 10-year felony; one count of firearms – possession by a felon, a five-year felony; and three counts of felony firearms, mandatory two-year felonies that must be served consecutively.

No charges were authorized against the clerk. 

Smith said the suspect's tether also connected him to a March 29 armed robbery at a Family Dollar in Mount Clemens and another on April 5 at a store in Clinton Township.

"The defendant’s blatant disregard for the law and the safety of those around him is beyond appalling,” Smith said. “While on a tether for first-degree retail fraud, in broad daylight, the defendant walked into three different stores, revealing a weapon, demanding money and cigarettes. ... Had he not been apprehended, I have no doubt the defendant would have continued to wreak havoc in Macomb County with his heinous, criminal behavior.”