Man arrested after short chase in Grand Rapids

The scene where a car crashed after a brief chase in northern Grand Rapids. (Sept. 11, 2014)

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was arrested after leading authorities on a brief chase on the Grand Rapids north side Thursday afternoon.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says it received a report of a suspicious man looking at Rolex watches at the Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield Avenue NE in Plainfield Township.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle matching the description of the one at the jewelry store near the intersection of Plainfield Avenue and 3 Mile Road. The man pulled over and gave a deputy his license, identifying himself as a 23-year-old from the Grand Rapids southeast side.

But when deputies asked the man to get out of the car, he drove away, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies gave chase.

About two miles away near the intersection of Elmwood Street and Center Avenue NE, the man bailed out of the car while it was still moving, the sheriff’s department said. His car crashed into a parked vehicle, causing what authorities described as “minor damage.”

The man ran away. He was arrested a few blocks away in the 2100 block of Riverside Drive NE.

The sheriff’s department said the suspect may have thrown something away as he ran in the area of Monroe Avenue, James Street, Graceland Street and Riverside Drive — perhaps a handgun. Authorities don’t know for certain if the man had a gun, but deputies saw an “unknown object” under his leg during the traffic stop.

==Watch above: Officers and a K-9 search to see if the suspect threw anything away as he fled.==

The sheriff’s department says a weapon could have been thrown in a trash bin or onto a roof. They ask anyone who sees anything suspicious to call the sheriff’s department at 616.632.6100.

The suspect was booked at the Kent County jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, authorities say. More details about what other charges he could face are expected Friday.

Online jail records show that Cameron Davon Wright was arrested in connection with the incident.

Cameron Wright's Sept. 11, 2014 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.
(Wright’s Sept. 11, 2014 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.)

Michigan State Police records show Wright has a criminal history dating back to 2008 that includes charges of felony breaking and entering with intent; misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony possession of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic; misdemeanor trespassing; felony delivery or manufacturing of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic; felony carrying a concealed weapon; felony possession of a firearm by a felon; and most recently possession of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic, second-offense possession of a controlled sentence — which would have doubled his penalty — and being habitual offender in January of this year.

He was scheduled to be sentenced on the most recent charges Thursday.

In April, four men tried to rob the Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry on Plainfield. They fled without taking anything after the owners opened fire, shooting one of them. They are believed to have been been after Rolex watches. They are also thought to be responsible for another robbery the same day near Detroit in which $1.4 million worth of Rolex watches were stolen. One man has been arrested in connection to the two robberies and faces federal charges.

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