On January 11 of this year, the Check-N Go located at 1912 W. Stadium Blvd. was robbed by an armed gunman. James Romell Robinson, a 23-year-old Ann Arbor man, has pleaded guilty to two counts of unarmed robbery; he was initially charged with two counts of unarmed robbery and two counts of armed robbery. The armed robbery counts against him will be dropped in exchange for his guilty plea, according to news reports at AnnArbor.com.
Robinson went into the Check-N Go at approximately 1 p.m. that day, passing a note to a clerk which implied that he had a weapon. Before leaving with the cash given to him by the clerk, Robinson allegedly demanded all of the employees lay down on the floor.
Police were in search of Robinson for a time; Detective William Stanford described Robinson as “armed and dangerous,” and asked anyone with information to call the department or Crime Stoppers. Robinson turned himself in on February 4 after a warrant was approved for his arrest on February 1.
Robinson attended his first court hearing following his February 5 arraignment on Thursday, February 14; he is currently being held on a $25,000 cash bond at the Washtenaw County Jail while he awaits sentencing.
The maximum penalty for unarmed robbery is 15 years in prison.
Michigan unarmed robbery attorneys know that had the defendant in this case not pleaded guilty to unarmed robbery, he could have faced even harsher penalties. In Michigan, even if an individual has no weapon but implies that he/she is armed in an effort to intimidate the victim, that individual may face penalties for armed robbery, potentially being imprisoned for life.
If you have been charged with any robbery or theft crime, do not take matters into your own hands. Your freedom and future are at stake; consult with a skilled Michigan criminal defense lawyer right away. Your attorney will review your case and determine the best course of legal action on your behalf, seeking a positive outcome.