A string of strong armed robberies that occurred on Sunday February 17 between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. have led to the arrest of five individuals, one of them a juvenile. The robberies took placed in Cedar Village and the Valley Neighborhood according to a news report at MLive.com.
The five suspects were arrested by East Lansing Police on March 1. The juvenile was not named, but the adults suspected in the robberies include 17-year-old Davion Dashawn Scott, 17-year-old Dallas Ledesma Benitez, 18-year-old Nicholas Marlon Jackson, and 18-year-old Rodricus Delmere McDuffy. All four of the men are from the Lansing area.
According to Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth, the five suspects were in a vehicle and would approach individuals walking on the streets, asking for directions or change. Upon the victim stopping, the men would then “strong arm” or assault the individual, then steal his or her possessions.
The suspects were stopped a short time later at the Linden-Bailey intersection after police were given descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle. According to Lt. Wriggelsworth, there were eight victims all total and five robberies at various locations; a few of the victims were said to have suffered minor injuries.
The suspects were arrested following the robberies, but were released after processing for further investigation. The four adults were formally charged on March 1, each charged with five counts of unarmed robbery, one count of home invasion, one count of conspiracy and one count of assault with intent to rob.
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If you or a loved one has been arrested for armed/unarmed robbery or any theft offense, it is critical that you contact a skilled Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. The sooner work begins on your case, the better outcome you can expect.