FLINT TWP. – Police Chief George Sippert credited “old-fashioned police work,” with the arrests of two township men in a string of recent armed robberies at two businesses and a residence.
“No technology was involved,” Chief Sippert said in a report to the township board in which he praised outstanding detective work leading to the arrests of Christopher Lee-Williams, 19, and Wesley Shelby Jr., 20, both of Flint Township.
The first of three robberies occurred on September 16. Shortly after midnight, police were called to the Burger King restaurant at 5060 Corunna Rd. for an armed robbery by two suspects, according to a police report. One suspect was described as a black male about 6’3” tall and 300 lbs. He wore a bandana over his face and a beanie type cap on his head. He reportedly struck a restaurant employee with a pistol during the robbery. The second suspect was described as a black male about 5’7”, 170 to 200 lbs. with a dreadlocks hairstyle. He was also wearing a bandana over his face and a beanie style cap on his head. They left with approximately $1,500.
Chief Sippert said the suspects gained entry by forcing their way in when an employee was taking out the trash.
The second incident occurred at approximately 8:53 p.m., on September 24 when township police were called to Alabama Fish & Chicken, 3061 Flushing Road, for an armed robbery that had just occurred. The two suspects fit the physical description as the subjects at the Burger King robbery. They left with approximately $300.00.
The third robbery was called in at approximately 10:58 p.m. on September 27. Police responded to the 6000 block of Beecher Road for a home invasion that had just occurred. The victims reported being robbed at their residence at gunpoint by two black males, who again matched the description of the subjects in the first and second robberies.
According to Chief Sippert, the residents, who have a 14-month-old daughter, were awakened by a light being turned on. The suspects threatened them and demanded and left with several items.
Chief Sippert said that not a lot of details can be given while the cases still are open.
Arrest warrants and search warrants for both suspects were executed on September 28 and September 29 and police found the weapons used and recovered stolen property. During subsequent interviews, both Lee-Williams and Shelby confessed to committing both armed robberies and the home invasion, police reported.
The Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office has issued multiple charges against each suspect including three counts of armed robbery, one count of Home Invasion, first degree; two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and six counts of felony firearm.