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Inkster man arraigned on trio of armed robberies

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 42-year-old man suspected in three armed robberies was arrested Christmas Eve in Westland while attempting to flee his third alleged crime scene, according to police.

Inkster resident Leroy Sloan was arrested the morning of Dec. 24 after allegedly robbing a Family Dollar at 1918 S. Venoy, police said in a statement Thursday. He was taken into custody about a mile away near Grand Traverse and Bay, after a brief chase.

Leroy Sloan

Sloan also is accused of committing two earlier robberies: one on Dec. 5 inside a Payless Shoes at 6629 N. Wayne and another Dec. 23 inside a Family Dollar at 1963 S. Wayne.

He was arraigned Dec. 26 on three counts of armed robbery; third-degree fleeing from an officer; felony firearm; and three counts of being a habitual offender, fourth offense. He received a bond of $225,00 for all three incidents and is due back in court Jan. 5.

The felony firearm charge is connected to allegedly wielding a air gun, officials said.

Sloan was caught Dec. 24 after a Westland officer on patrol noticed his vehicle parked outside the Venoy Family Dollar, officials said. The vehicle matched the description of one used in previous robberies.

The officer "watched the vehicle for some time until a person matching the description of the earlier armed robber exited the store and entered the vehicle," officials said. "(The officer) followed the vehicle out of the lot, at which time Westland dispatch received a 911 call stating that the store had just been robbed."

Sloan allegedly refused to stop when ordered, initiating a brief chase until he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a garage near Grand Traverse and Bay. He exited his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was arrested without further incident.

The arrest marks Westland police's ninth armed robbery arrest out of the last 10 incidents, Chief Jeff Jedrusik said.

"If you intend on committing a robbery, you better think long and hard about whether it’s worth committing that crime in the City of Westland," the chief said in a statement.

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