Authorities: Robbery suspect arrested after chase

Surveillance footage of a suspect who held up the Citgo Gas Station in Bryon Township on May 13, 2015. (Courtesy Kent County Sheriff's Department)

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says a man suspected of robbing a Byron Township gas station was arrested following a short chase in Grand Rapids on Thursday evening.

The Citgo gas station located at 284 84th St. SW in Byron Township was robbed around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The sheriff’s department says a man armed with a knife demanded money and made off in with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Surveillance footage of an older tan colored four-door station wagon. (May 13, 2015)
Surveillance footage of an older tan colored four-door station wagon. (May 13, 2015)

He fled in an older, tan, four-door station wagon, heading eastbound on 84th Street toward and possibly over US-131.

The sheriff’s office said it developed leads on Thursday on who the suspect was.

Around 6:40 p.m., the suspected robber was spotted driving a pickup truck on Broadway Avenue north of Leonard Street NW in Grand Rapids, police said. When he spotted a police cruiser, he sped off.

After a chase that lasted only a few blocks, the suspect got out of the truck at the intersection of Broadway and Elizabeth avenues. He ran, but was soon found hiding near an abandoned building nearby and arrested.

The sheriff’s department said the suspect sustained an injury to his abdomen as he ran after jumping down a steep embankment and landing on a downed tree. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

No officers were hurt, though a police cruiser sustained some minor damage after the suspect’s unoccupied truck rolled into its passenger side.

Authorities say the suspect is being held on a parole violation and is being guarded by Michigan Department of Corrections Officers.

The sheriff’s department also says it has recovered the station wagon used as the getaway car in the gas station robbery.

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