GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Police have a man in custody who they say is connected to five robberies that occurred a day earlier.
The arrest happened following a two-hour standoff early Friday morning.
Wyoming police officials said they received a Silent Observer tip that a man resembling the suspect was at a duplex in the 300 block of Spencer Street NE in Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids police officers arrived at 1:45 a.m. and able to evacuate some residents out of possible harm's way.
24 Hour News 8 was at the scene when Willie Lee Wilson Williams was arrested.
The robberies occurred early Thursday morning in a 45-minute span at four gas stations and one convenience store in Wyoming, Walker and Grand Rapids.
A man who lives in the same duplex as Williams told 24 Hour News 8 he was shocked to learn about what his neighbor is accused of and that the two has actually struck up a friendship.
'We've hung out a few times," said the neighbor. "He has a girlfriend who lives with him."
His neighbor said he last saw Williams around 3 p.m. Thursday and that Williams was hurt.
"He was injured," said the neighbor, who asked not to be identified. "He had quite a few cuts and wounds on him; cuts across his stomach which appeared like he had been stabbed and somehow it happened. Whatever obviously happened that night, somehow he acquired some injuries that were severe."
The neighbor now believes that WIlliams injuries happened during the robbery spree.
"I felt bad for him. In fact, I feel stupid now because I told him how bad I felt for him and how lucky he was to walk away from it," the neighbor said.
He said Williams moved into the duplex a couple of months ago.
Despite being only 20 years old, Williams has a long criminal history that began when he was 10.
According to state police records, Williams' last run-in with the law was in April 2011 when he was charged with stealing a car. He was released from jail just seven weeks ago.
Now, Williams is back in the Kent County Jail awaiting arraignment on what will almost certainly be multiple felony charges for the robberies.
Authorities initially thought Williams was acting alone, but later information indicated he may have had an accomplice. Police received a tip about a man resembling the suspect's description with another person in a light-colored -- possibly gray -- Pontiac Grand Prix.
The Wyoming Police Department remained silent about the investigation Friday, so it's not yet known how Williams may have attained those injuries or what to make of the possibility of a second suspect who may still be out there.
If you have any more information about this case you are asked to call police or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
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