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Posted on Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 8:05 a.m.

3 hotel guests arrested after armed robbery in nearby restaurant parking lot

By Paula Gardner

Pittsfield Township police didn't have to go far to find suspects after a person in the parking lot of Bob Evans restaurant on Carpenter Road reported an armed robbery early Friday morning.

Witnesses told officers that three suspects ran across the road to a hotel parking lot - and minutes later, police apprehended the men in a room at the Days Inn.

The incident started at about 1:20 a.m. when a 20-year-old Howell man said he was robbed in the parking lot of the restaurant, 2411 Carpenter Road. Three suspects - one with a knife - then ran toward the hotel.

Witnesses helped pinpoint the room the men entered.

Police arrested all three occupants of the room in connection with the robbery. A knife was confiscated, police said, along with narcotics.

The three men - ages 26, 28 and 33 - were taken to the Washtenaw County Jail, where they're expected to be arraigned today. The younger two are from Harrison Township in Macomb County, while the older suspect is from Marine City in St. Clair County.

The hotel is located just south of Washtenaw Avenue, near the U.S.-23 interchange.

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Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

Great Job Pittsfield Police!!


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

1:20 AM in the morning. Wasn't Bob Evans closed as it's not a 24 hour operation. So what were the victim or suspects doing in Bob Evans parking lot at that time of the night anyway?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 5:09 p.m.

Three were robbing, and one was being robbed.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.

Here's a follow-up question for you: Bob Evans closes at 10:00pm. What was the dude from Howell doing in the parking lot at 1:30am? Enquiring minds want to know................... (and I'm more than willing to accept that he's part of the late night cleaning crew - I've been there and done that!)


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:37 p.m.

Great intersection. Commit a robbery on one side of the street, Get caught on the other side of he street, then go to jail next door. One stop shopping!


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 3:03 p.m.

How many (alleged) losers does it take to (allegedly) rob someone in a Bob Evans parking lot? Answer: It (allegedly) takes three. Three to (allegedly) be stupid, three to (allegedly) act violently, three to get caught in a hotel room shortly thereafter with (alleged) narcotics. (alleged) Idiots.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 4:31 p.m.

Well said, JS.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:22 p.m.

There are cats in this town that have enough sense to cover up their crap.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Don't quite understand the difference between saying. Criminals are not getting any smarter.(which was removed) and how many brain cells they have.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 2:19 p.m.

please keep us updated on this one I had the same thing happen to me and would like to know what the outcome is.


Sat, Oct 20, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

It happened to you and you don't know what the outcome is???


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 1:46 p.m.

Oh! they just wanted too pay there motel bill! from someones pocket......


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 12:47 p.m.

Certainly leaves one to wonder how many brain cells are among those 3 criminals.


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 1:18 p.m.

I'd wager less than 3...


Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 12:43 p.m.

That intersection seems to have a dangerous atmoshpere, these days..