Armed robbery suspects not caught after standoff

A window was broken when police fired gas into a house in Battle Creek during a standoff, the homeowner says. (Feb. 23, 2014)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Two armed robbery suspects were not captured after an hours-long standoff in Battle Creek Sunday.

It happened in the 70 block of Spring Street near the corner of Meachem Avenue.

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police say, two people pulled up and parked their car in front of the residence. The two suspects came out of the house, got into the car, pulled out their guns and robbed the victims. According to police, $150 was taken.

Police say one of the victims knows the suspects. The victims — a male and female — called police and told them the suspects were in the house.

Battle Creek police called SWAT and used megaphones to order the suspects out of the residence. After an hour of no response from the suspect, they fired tear gas into the home — breaking windows, the homeowner says — but no one came out.

After another three and a half hours, police they finally cleared the residence. The suspects were not there.

The mother of one of the suspects and the homeowner said the level of police response was unnecessary.

“What is all this coming to?” mother Debra Kelley said. “I’m not understanding the measures that they feel like they have to take. I understand there’s procedures to do your job, but when you’re getting assistance, you have the key, you didn’t have to go busting out my windows and everything like that.”

Police could not say whether the suspects have violent pasts. They said there was no mention of drugs involved in the incident.

Police have not released a description of the suspects.

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