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Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 9:10 a.m.

Police: Robber hiding under poncho steals man's cash after threatening to shoot his dog

By John Counts

A man wearing a brown poncho over his head robbed another man of all his cash by threatening to shoot his pit bull in Ypsilanti Sunday, police said.

The victim told police the robbery occurred about 12:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Jefferson Street had a brown poncho covering his face.

“(The victim) was outside in his backyard when the guy approached him,” said Ypsilanti police Lt. Deric Gress.

The victim said he saw something in the man's waistband the robber said was a gun, though a firearm was never seen. The man said he would shoot the victim's pit bull, which was in the backyard with him, if he didn't hand over money, police said.

The victim handed over all the cash he had on him, and the suspect ran off.

Police continue to investigate.

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John Counts

Mon, Mar 4, 2013 : 10:10 p.m.

If police release what kind of breed a dog is with any crime, it would be included in the story.


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 9:24 p.m.

Mr. Counts - Would you have written "threatened to shoot his labrador or mutt or russell terrier or beagle"? I think not. Why the reference to pit bull, as if it is not just a dog?

Kitty O'Brien

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : 1:09 a.m.

If it was a Golden Retriever would you have bothered to mention the dog's breed?


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 8:16 p.m.

The only way this story could get any stranger was if there were swans in it.

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 8:32 p.m.

I'm withholding comment on this one.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 5:26 p.m.

Is it just me, or is the news getting more and more bizarre everday in this region?

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 10:21 p.m.

It's you

Superior Twp voter

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 7:12 p.m.

It's the "new normal" under Obama... AKA "Obamaville." Not just in this region, either.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 4:41 p.m.

WOW with all the bad stuff usually said about Pit Bulls, its miraculous this story hasn't another twist or turn. I can safely say though My Pit would have let me know he was headed my way, the poncho would have been his downfall, mine doesn't like Hoodies or Ponchos due to his former life!

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.


Mark Hergott

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

While this may be funny on the face of it, a man's back yard was invaded, his dog threatened, and his cash stolen. That's just terrible, and I hope this Clint Eastwood wannabe isn't feeling lucky for very long at all.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

Mark, i completely agree! on top of everything else, he threatened his dog!! what kind of lowlife does that?!

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 4:21 p.m.

Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

Homeland Conspiracy

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 3:38 p.m.

ponchos, ponchos....we don't need no stinking ponchos


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 2:56 p.m.

Was it a real poncho, or a Sears poncho?

Chaz H

Tue, Feb 26, 2013 : midnight

Now, what kind of a guru are you, anyway?

bill s

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 4:54 p.m.

As soon as I saw the word "poncho" I immediately thought the same thing! :)

Basic Bob

Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 4:32 p.m.

Some readers missed the Zappa reference.


Mon, Feb 25, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

Hmmm, usually seeing something in a poncho wearing bad guy's waistband is a tough thing to do. Guess our criminals have decided add some panache to their activities and went all Clint Eastwood/Spaghetti Western on us.