Police Report: Increased Robberies

Police Report: Increased Armed Robberies

(Lt. William Wilson, Ferndale Police Report, 12/15/2011)

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Unfortunately we have reports of three recent robberies other than the Charter One bank robbery and the Taft School shooting.

As a reminder for this time of year, or any time, people should be cautious of their environment. Residents should:

  • Try to avoid being out during late night/early morning hours.
  • Try to stay in well lit areas.
  • Travel in public areas in view of others.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to who is around you,  and avoid suspicious people or circumstances. Phone the police if you see somebody or something even remotely suspicious. Call immediately upon having a hunch, do not wait until a crime actually occurs.
  • Do not travel alone if you are out during dark, or have to go through remote areas (alleys, dark secluded side streets, wooded park areas, etc.)
  • Be aware and keep watch over vulnerable people (children, elderly, lone women at night, etc.)

It is especially important that if somebody sees something suspicious that they phone police immediately. Many crimes can be avoided if police get the early call of suspicious behavior, or if the crime occurs, police will be more likely to catch the offenders.


SUMMARY: On 12-10-11 at 00:17 hours officers responded to a residence on East Woodland on an armed robbery. A 32 year old Royal Oak man and 24 year old Pleasant Ridge woman had gone out to their car which was parked on E Woodland. While they were in the car two unknown black men approached them, displayed handguns, and demanded their wallets, purse, cell phone and keys. The two men fled the scene by walking west on E Woodland. A police dog from Southfield Police conducted a track from the scene to the Woodward alley, then south through the alley to E Maplehurst where the trail ended. Officers searched the area with negative results.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTIONS: The two men are described as being medium to dark skinned black males in their 20’s. Both are approximately 5′ 08″ tall (one was slightly taller than the other), thin to average build, and both were wearing dark clothes and hats.

STOLEN PROPERTY: Taken from the woman were the car and house keys, her purse which contained her wallet, $100 in cash and credit cards. The man lost his wallet which contained credit cards, approximately $20 in cash, and his Android cell phone.


On 12-13-11 at 1848 hrs, Ferndale police responded to the area of 9 and Woodward on a report of a larceny from person. The Victim was a 17 year old young man from Oak Park who stated he was waiting for the bus on the south side of Nine Mile near the alley when he was approached by a young BM wearing all black and glasses. The BM asked the victim if he knew what time the bus came by. When the victim took his phone out of his pocket to look, the subject grabbed the phone from victim’s hand, along with a $20 bill that was in the same hand. The BM then ran away through the alley southbound.

Victim said he gave chase to the subject and chased him through the post office parking lot on W Troy and lost him after he jumped over a fence to Saratoga. Victim looked around for the subject then returned to 9 Mile where he notified a Ferndale Officer of the incident.

Police were unable to locate a suspect.

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On 12/15/11, at 4:55 a.m. Ferndale cars were dispatched to 1100 W Eight Mile on a report of a Robbery-Armed that had just occurred. The suspect was described as a young b/m wearing all black with a black hoodie. He was last seen running south on Stoepel from Eight Mile. The suspect was armed with an unknown handgun. Further information was that the victims and suspect were the same parties involved in a Detroit Armed Robbery that occurred at about 3:00 a.m. on 12/15/11 at the Valero on Eight Mile and Livernois in Detroit.

Ferndale cars arrived within moments and established a perimeter; the suspect was not in sight upon arrival. Royal OAK PD sent a canine unit to try and track the suspect. The track failed shortly after travelling south on Stoepel.

Suspect Description:

B/M late teens to early 20’s, 5’09” 140 to 150 lbs, clean shaven. LSW a black hoodie with “Southpole” in white letters across the chest. Black jeans and black shoes. Fled on foot (twice) south on Stoepel from Eight Mile. VICTIMS: 34 man, 27 woman, Detroit residents.

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