In June of this year, two Central City Parking employees were robbed at gunpoint by a man wearing a blue bandana over his face according to one of the alleged victims. The incident occurred in the 300 block of North Rose in Kalamazoo; the suspect was said to have pointed a black semiautomatic handgun at one employee as he demanded a bag containing the deposit for that evening.
Police released video and surveillance photos shortly thereafter, and described the alleged suspect as a black man of medium build around 6 feet tall. He was seen in surveillance photos wearing pants and a white t-shirt. According to police, the suspect fled with an unknown amount of cash as he headed north on Kalamazoo Avenue from the parking ramp.
On October 3rd, police arrested 31-year-old Juyan Oneil Heard in connection with the armed robbery. Heard was also charged with two counts of felony use of a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Having had previous convictions for drug possession, carrying a concealed weapon and home invasion, Heard had been paroled in April from a Michigan prison and had recently been put back in prison due to a parole violation according to news reports.
Heard’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for October 11 in Kalamazoo County District Court.
If you have been arrested for armed robbery or are under investigation, it is critical that you consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan criminal defense lawyer at once. Without capable legal guidance and representation, you could be facing life in prison if it is found that you possessed a dangerous weapon in the commission of the crime. Even if it is determined that you used another article which was not a weapon but insinuated as such to intimidate the victim(s), you could be sentenced to life behind bars.
Michigan armed robbery attorneys understand the criminal process, and know how to use their knowledge, skill and expertise in order to secure the best possible outcome for their clients. Your lawyer will work vigorously to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced by determining the best course of action in your particular situation.