2 arraigned in connection to GR business robberies

Left to right, Eric Flowers and Antonio Cepeda Mulholland (Courtesy Grand Rapids Police Department)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two men were arraigned on armed robbery charges following two business robberies in Grand Rapids on Sunday.

Antonio Joseph Cepeda-Mulholland, 24, and Eric Deshawn Flowers, 27, were both charged in 61st District Court on Wednesday with multiple armed robbery counts. Flowers was also arraigned on a felony firearm charge.

Cepeda-Mulholland could serve up to a life sentence. His bond was set at $300,000. Flowers faces a mandatory 25 years to life in prison. His bond has been set at $500,000.

One of the robberies happened around 8:15 p.m. Sunday at Ron’s Quick Stop on Bridge Street NW near Marion Avenue. A clerk told police a man walked into the business, placed a silver handgun on the counter and demanded money. He was seen leaving in a dark car with “distinguishable characteristics.”

About four miles away and 25 minutes later, a man with the same description robbed a Subway Restaurant on Plainfield Avenue NE. In the second crime, the gunman pointed the silver handgun at the clerk and demanded money.

Minutes after the second robbery, a police cruiser equipped with an automatic license plate reader alerted officers that a vehicle matching the getaway car was in the area.  Police arrested two men inside the vehicle and recovered evidence from both crimes.

Police also told 24 Hour News 8 a pair of distinctive shoes helped confirm the people in the car were the suspects they were seeking.

Grand Rapids Police say the two suspects may also be linked to other recent armed robberies, but those cases remain under investigation.

A preliminary exam is scheduled for Nov. 5 for both suspects.

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