Two Leslie men, 22-year-old Nicholas Christ and 20-year-old Jacob Laraway, were recently booked on multiple felony charges after allegedly robbing a rural Ingham County gas station at gunpoint, according to Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
The two men allegedly robbed the Dansville Gas Station at 978 Jackson Street early on the morning of September 24th; each of the men were arraigned on Tuesday in Ingham County District Court before Magistrate James Pahl. Both were arraigned on charges of felony firearm, armed robbery and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.
According to news reports, the men took food, money and cigarettes after entering the station armed with shotguns. At the time of the alleged robbery, one customer and a clerk were present inside the gas station, but no one was injured.
After the robbery, the customer pursued the two men as they proceeded to the area of Williamston and Ewers roads; the suspects’ vehicle then stopped at which point one of the men got out of the vehicle and brandished a shotgun at the customer. The customer did not continue his pursuit after backing away from the gunman.
The suspects’ vehicle was located in a ditch by a sheriff’s deputy, and was unoccupied. New reports state that the vehicle’s emergency flashers were on near the Williams and Catholic Church roads intersection. A ground search then ensued by a Michigan State Police canine unit and helicopter; the two men were found in a field close to their vehicle, hiding in thick brush according to police.
The defendants are scheduled to for a pretrial hearing on October 2nd, and a preliminary examination on October 4th; bond for each of the men was set at $250,000 cash surety by Pahl.
Michigan criminal defense attorneys understand the serious nature of the offenses these men have been charged with, and the serious implications it will have to their lives if convicted. Individuals convicted on armed robbery charges may face up to life in prison.
If you have been charged with a felony firearm or armed robbery offense it is critical that you consult with a Michigan criminal defense lawyer who will work vigorously to protect your freedom and future, and have charges against you dismissed or reduced.