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Posted on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 10:27 a.m.

Police arrest man suspected in strong-arm robbery of downtown Ypsilanti catering company

By John Counts

A 57-year-old Ypsilanti man was arrested after police say he broke into a catering company and fought with an employee while attempting to rob the business early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to a business in downtown Ypsilanti at 12:26 a.m. after receiving reports of a breaking and entering and assault, said Sgt. Brent Yuchasz.

The business, Angel Food Catering located at 6 W. Michigan Ave., was closed, but a 22-year-old Plymouth man was still inside working when the attempted robbery took place.

“The suspect broke in and there was a physical altercation," Yuchasz said.

After fist-fighting with the employee, the suspect fled the scene. The Plymouth man called police and provided a description of the suspect to officers when they arrived.

Nothing was stolen from the business, police said.

Officers arrested the 57-year-old three blocks away during a check of the area, Yuchasz said. The man was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail where he will likely be charged with breaking and entering and attempted strong-arm robbery.

He is expected to be arraigned on charges Wednesday.

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Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Bearing arms > strong arms, just saying.


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Would a victim not having to endure a "physical altercation" be "better"? I would submit yes, that would have been better.

Reverend Bubba X

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

Let's see... burglary unsucessful, police apprehend perpetrator. A firearm would have made this situation better?

An Arborigine

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 8:30 p.m.

But bare arms could be rather cold this time of year.


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 4:44 p.m.

Bear arms are rather strong I'd say...