GRPD: Convenience store, taxi driver robbed

Grand Rapids Police investigating armed robberies at a convenience store and a taxi driver (May 19, 2014).
Grand Rapids Police investigating armed robberies at a convenience store and a taxi driver (May 19, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Police are investigating two separate armed robberies; one at a convenience store and the other of a taxi driver.

The first armed robbery happened late Sunday at the Rob’s Quick Stop in the 1100 block of Bridge Street NW.

Police say a man went into the store with a hand gun and demanded money.

It is unclear if the robber got any money from the store. The robber ran from the scene and police set up a perimiter, but were not able to find the suspect.

A few hours later, GRPD was called out to Dennis Ave at Baldwin Street on a report of a taxi driver being robbed at gunpoint.

Police received the call around 1 a.m. Monday. Police say the driver picked up the suspect near Kalamazoo Ave and Burton Street.

The taxi driver drove him to Dennis Ave at Baldwin Street, then the suspect pulled out a small handgun.

The suspect grabbed some of the driver’s items, including his car keys.

Police were able to find the driver’s keys, but not the suspect.

A K-9 unit was brought in to track the suspect, but the trail was lost.

Police do not believe the two robberies are related.

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