Kentwood PD: Party store robber arrested after chase, crash

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Kentwood police investigate a robbery at T & J Party Store on Shaffer Avenue on June 18, 2021.

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have arrested the person responsible for an armed robbery at a Kentwood party store Friday morning.

The robbery happened around 9:15 a.m. at T & J Party Store on Shaffer Avenue off of 29th Street. A witness at the scene told News 8 he saw the robber come into the store, threaten the owner with a gun, then take two register drawers containing cash and run away.

No one was hurt.

The Kentwood Police Department said officers first tried using a dog to track the suspect, but didn’t have any success.

They then developed a suspect and tried to pull him over on the East Beltline near Lake Drive after he drove away from his home. The suspect initially stopped but then took off. Officers chased him briefly, Kentwood PD said, but soon gave it up.

The suspect’s car then crashed on the Beltline near I-96, after which police say he ran away on foot. He was soon found and arrested without further incident.

The suspect’s name was not released pending arraignment.

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