Suspect arrested after shooting, robbery, chase

Suspect also allegedly stole car in Kentwood, led police on chase

Police handcuff Theo Little and put him into a police vehicle. (April 28, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man suspected of shooting his girlfriend at a Grand Rapids apartment was arrested Thursday evening after also allegedly stealing a car and then leading police on a chase.

Police took the suspect, earlier identified as Theo Little, into custody near John Ball Park on Grand Rapids’ west side around 6 p.m. Thursday.

The shooting happened around 9:35 a.m. Thursday at the Cambridge Apartments on Mason Street NE. Police said the woman was shot in the neck by her boyfriend when she was trying to evict him from their apartment.

DAPHANIE JOINER
An undated courtesy photo of Daphanie Joiner.

The 27-year-old woman, identified by family as Daphanie Joiner, was taken to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. Family said Thursday night she was doing well. Police said she was in stable condition.

Little, 35, took off after the shooting. Police warned he was armed and dangerous.

Around 5:10 p.m., Kentwood police officers responded to Specialized Staffing Solutions on 28th Street, across from Woodland Mall, after getting a report of an armed robbery.

They said a man armed with a handgun entered the business, threatened two female employees and forced them into a bathroom. Police say the suspect took one of the women’s purses, which contained her keys, and stole her car — a red Mazda.

Police said the victims knew the suspect, as he had previously worked through the staffing agency.

There were no reports of injuries at the staffing business.

Kentwood police said they passed along information about the stolen car to other agencies and Grand Rapids police spotted it around 5:45 p.m.

Video posted to Facebook by Colton Beveridge shows the car stopped on Fulton Street at Monroe Avenue, near the B.O.B. Several police cruisers are stopped behind it, officers standing outside their cars with guns drawn.

Then, as one police cruiser approaches the front of the car in an apparent attempt to box it in, the suspect pulled forward, hitting the cruiser in the front passenger’s side. The car then speeds off, headed west on Fulton, at least a dozen police vehicles in hot pursuit.

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Witnesses said the car was going fast when the driver overcompensated for a curve and then crashed into a tree on Fulton Street just west of the John Ball Zoo entrance.

Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Terry Dixon said the suspect came out of the car with his gun in his hand.

“He was told to drop the gun and he did drop the gun and at that point he began to follow the officers’ commands and he was taken into custody,” Dixon said.

Police believe the gun the suspect was carrying is the same one used in the shooting.

Police told 24 Hour News 8 Little was on probation and had an arrest warrant related to a larceny in Grand Rapids. He was in the Kent County jail Thursday night.

Wednesday, Children’s Protective Services removed children from the apartment where the shooting happened for an unknown reason, according to police.

–24 Hour News 8’s Barton Deiters contributed to this report.

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