Recently, a man who employees believe was wearing a gas mask robbed a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant in north Lansing. According to news reports, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money, which he was given. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Wednesday September 30.
No one was injured in the armed robbery, and the suspect was believed to have fled the scene in a vehicle. At the time of news reports, the suspect was still at large. However, police say the man had some features that were distinguishing, including tattoos on the top of both of his hands. He is described as a black man in his 20’s, approximately 6′ tall and thinly built. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing blue jeans and a dark colored zip-up hoodie.
Although the suspect had fled by the time police arrived on the scene, a K-9 tracking team was brought in in an effort to track down the suspect, to no avail. Lansing police Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said the same Little Caesars location was robbed in March, however they do not believe the two incidents are related.
Armed robbery is an extremely serious crime. Those charged with this offense in Michigan may face penalties which include a life prison term if found guilty. At the very least, an individual convicted of armed robbery will be sentenced to two years in prison. In Michigan, a person does not actually have to possess a gun or firearm to be charged with armed robbery; if he/she even insinuates a weapon is present, it could result in armed robbery charges.
In order to obtain the best possible outcome when facing serious criminal charges, it is critical to work with a skilled Michigan criminal defense attorney. Your lawyer will make sure your legal rights are protected, investigate the charges against you, examine the evidence, and work to develop a solid and effective defense strategy should your case go to trial. In some cases, it may be possible to have charges dismissed or reduced, so that the damage to the defendant’s life and future may be minimized.