Police arrest 16-year-old for attempted armed robbery

FLINT TWP. — On May 9 at 7:45 p.m., Flint Township Police responded to an attempted armed robbery of an employee of the Pizza Hut Restaurant, 3326 Miller Road, according to press release from Chief George Sippert. The employee, a 36-year-old Flint woman, was on a smoking break behind the restaurant when she was approached by a male who asked her for money. When she told him that she did not have money, he lifted his shirt showing her a handgun tucked in his waistband. He placed his hand on the handle of the gun in a threatening manner and demanded money. The victim, who had been speaking on her cell phone when the male approached, told him that she had the police on the phone and asked if he wanted to speak with them. The suspect then fled the scene.

The victim called “911” and provided a description of the suspect along with a description of an accomplice that had met up with the suspect in the parking lot of the business.

Minutes later, Officer Jason Piercey arrived in the area of Utley Drive and Lennon Road and observed both suspects walking westbound on Lennon. As soon as he saw the police cruiser, the suspect matching the description of the armed robber began running into the parking lot area of Office Depot. Officer Piercey noticed that the suspect was running with one hand holding something under his shirt in his waistband. Officer Piercey exited his cruiser and gave chase on foot pursuing the suspect to the front parking lot of Dunham’s sporting goods store.

Sgt. Mark Schmitzer, who had also responded to the call, was waiting in that area and observed the suspect now running with the handgun in his right hand. Schmitzer ordered the suspect to stop and drop the gun. The suspect pointed the handgun at Schmitzer who was behind his police cruiser. Schmitzer again ordered the suspect to drop the gun which he eventually did and was taken into custody.

The gun recovered from the suspect, a 16-yearold Flint Township teenager, was a loaded .38 special. His accomplice, who was also taken into custody, is a 19 year old Flint Township man. The teenager is being held at the Regional Detention Center while the adult is being held at the Genesee County Jail.

Commercial burglary attempt at Linden Road office

FLINT TWP. — On May 7 at about 10:30 p.m. police responded to an alarm in the 2500 block of South Linden Road. On arrival, officers found that an office building had been broken into. The perpetrators were successful in prying open the door to one of the two offices inside the building. Police responded quickly to the call and are not certain if anything was taken. There are no suspects at this time.

Thief steals air conditioning unit from business

FLINT TWP. — Police responded to a call at 11:15 p.m. on May 7 in the 4100 block of Fenton Road to reports of a neighbor seen carrying an air conditioner stolen from a business. Responding officers were able to make contact with the suspect and recovered the AC unit. A Flint Township man was arrested for larceny and receiving and concealing goods valued between $1,000 and $20,000. No charges have been filed against an accomplice who helped him carry the air conditioner but did not help him steal it.

Assault charges could be made against hammer-wielding neighbor

FLINT TWP. — Police responded to the 5400 block of Westchester at about 7:30 p.m. on May 4 to a complaint that a neighbor had threatened six people with a hammer. Three women in their late teens to early 20s reported that they had been walking around the neighborhood for exercise and were being followed by three teens riding a lawnmower pulling a wagon. They said a neighbor woman came out of her garage wielding a hammer in a threatening manner and told them to get off her yard. Police took statements from those involved and forwarded them to the county prosecutor to decide if charges will be made against the 40-year-old woman with the hammer.

Woman barred from business arrested again for retail fraud

FLINT TWP. — A 21-year-old woman permanently barred from a store in the 4300 block of Corunna Road for previous shoplifting charges in 2009 was again arrested at the store on May 1. Police called to the store at about 6 p.m. arrived to find that the store’s loss prevention team had the woman in custody for attempting to shove some curtains down her pants. She was charged with retail fraud and trespassing. — Compiled by Rhonda Sanders

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