Details Shared in Clarkston Jewelry Robbery, Suspect at Large

Details Shared in Clarkston Jewelry Robbery, Suspect at Large

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept, Dec. 18, 2016)

Clarkston, MI – FROM DAY SHIFT: 12-17-2016, 07:00 hrs.

THROUGH MIDNIGHT SHIFT: 12-18-2016, 07:00 hrs.


INCIDENT:  16:03 hrs. – Independence Township – Armed Robbery / Home Invasion  – #16-220515 / #16-220583

SUMMARY:  Deputies responded to an Armed Robbery that had just occurred at the Clarkston Jewelry Outlet located at the 7000 block of Dixie Highway south of White Lake Rd..  Upon arrival, Deputies secured the scene and met with the Victim #1 who stated that two men entered the store and pointed guns at him and his father, Victim #2.  The two men demanded all of the jewelry and the money in the safe.  Victim #1 indicated that both men were wearing ski masks and had on dark clothing.  Both suspects told the victims to lie on the floor and both victims complied.   Suspect #1 began rummaging through one of the smaller safes.  At one point Victim #1 stated that he heard Suspect #2 call for the other suspect to come into the back room and shoot Victim #2.  Suspect #1 walked into the back room and fired a single shot at Victim #2.  The gunshot hit the floor near him causing an injury to the victim’s lower back.  Victim #1 stated that after firing the gunshot at his father, Suspect #1 began striking Victim #2 in the head with his gun.  The suspects ordered Victim #2 to open the larger safe.  Once the safe was opened, Victim #2 told the suspects to take what they want. 

The suspects took an unknown amount of cash and jewelry and a handgun from the safe.   One suspect left through the front door and fled on foot.  The second suspect fled through the back and fled on foot..  At this point the father (Victim #2) left the store and got into his pickup truck.  He drove northbound on Dixie Highway to White Lake Road and then turned east onto White Lake Road.  He saw the suspect vehicle stopped at the Lakeview Cemetery.  He attempted to block the vehicle in.   One of the suspects got out of the car and fired 2 to 3 rounds at Victim #2 that missed.  Victim #2 then drove his car and rammed it into the suspect vehicle stopping the suspects from leaving.  One suspect who fled on foot was taken into custody by responding Deputies near the water tower NW of the intersection of Dixie Hwy and White Lake Rd.  He was still armed with one of the guns, a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol. 


The second suspect also fled into the cemetery in the opposite direction.  A perimeter was set up by responding Deputies.  The second suspect  fled across Middle Lake, which is now frozen.  An OCSO K-9 picked up the track on the other side of the lake.  The track led to a home in the 6000 block of Middle Lake Rd.. The suspect entered an attached garage through a window he broke out and was able to steal a 2014 Jeep Cherokee from the home that had the keys in it.  The homeowners were not home at the time. An area search was conducted for the Jeep but it was not located.  The second subject remains at large.   


OUTCOME OF INCIDENT:   Sheriff’s Detectives from the Independence Township Substation and Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Investigation Unit arrived on the scene to continue with the investigation.  The OCSO Forensic Science Lab was requested and responded to process the scene.  The suspect that was apprehended was subsequently lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of criminal charges. Two handguns and the victim’s hand gun were recovered as was all of the jewelry and money taken in the robbery. There is video of the incident but it cannot be released at this time as the Sheriff’s Computer Crimes Unit is in the process of downloading it. The incident remains under investigation.

ARRESTEE INFORMATION:  48 year old male, resident of the City of Detroit. He has an extensive criminal history and is currently on parole.

SUSPECT #2 INFORMATION:  Unidentified male.

VICTIM INFORMATION ( #1)  – 20 year old male; resident of Springfield Township.

VICTIM INFORMATION ( #2) – 51 year old male; resident of Springfield Township. He was treated and released from McLaren Oakland for a the wound to his back from the fragment gunshot and cuts and bruises suffered from the pistol whipping.

Anyone with information on Suspect #2 is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.  You can remain anonymous and there is a minimum of a $1,000 cash reward.

NOTE:  Police Reports come directly from the Police Department or agency involved and are written by the person or agency listed below the title.  We generally run these “as is” or with minimal editing for punctuation, spelling, etc. Suspects should not be presumed guilty.  Those needing more information about a case are encouraged to follow up with the reporting agency or court system for the most current information.

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