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Posted on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 4:49 p.m.

Sketch released of man who robbed woman at knifepoint at her Ann Arbor home

By Lee Higgins

Investigators released a computer-generated sketch this afternoon of a man they said robbed a woman at knifepoint Sunday morning at the back door of her home in south Ann Arbor.

At 11:30 a.m., the 57-year-old woman returned to her home near the intersection of Jay Lee Court and Champagne Drive, got out of her car and walked to the end of her driveway to pick up the newspaper, Ann Arbor police said.


She then walked to her house, and, as she was about to enter the back door, saw something out of the corner of her eye. She turned and saw a man holding a knife, police said.

He demanded her purse, and she gave him some money from her wallet. He walked down the driveway and left the area, police said. Police said they haven't investigated any similar incidents recently in the Arbor Oaks neighborhood.

The man was described as black, with a medium complexion. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall, 18 to 20 years old and 150 pounds. He was clean-shaven. Police said he was wearing a bright red T-shirt and black running pants with a white stripe running down each side.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Bill Stanford at (734) 794-6930, ext. 49318 or (734) 323-2628. He also can be reached by email at



Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 8:48 a.m.

Predators go to lengths to ensure their prey is not aware of their presence. BE aware of your surroundings - even when on your own property, getting into your car or entering your own home. Be aware, be prepared, be trained, be armed.


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 4:57 p.m.

braggslaw How else to you propose they fine the man? Is that a relative of yours?????


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:31 p.m.

At least he wasn't wearing a grey hoodie!!

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 11:18 a.m.

Perhaps if the unmarked Ann Arbor police vehicle parked on Plymouth Road yesterday morning around 7:30 a.m waiting to catch crosswalk criminals had been patrolling in a real neighborhood, crime like this could have been prevented. Too bad we have 'other priorities' in this town.

Basic Bob

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 4:45 a.m.

In the spirit of colorblind justice, the sketch should have been released in gray scale. And don't released what brand of shoes, running pants, sunglasses, or car. We might jump to a conclusion about the suspect being from Ypsi.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:23 a.m.

plz catch him plz


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 12:14 a.m.

Thank you so much for adding the description and scetch! Good Job!


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:41 p.m.

Thank you for providing a description and sketch. It truly does help local citizens know what to be on the lookout for.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:03 p.m.

How dare you post a picture that describes, the height, sex, rac and clothing of the perpetrator. That is racism at its worst.


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 1:03 a.m.

Lovaduck: You must have missed yesterday's article about U of M students protesting racial descriptions in crime alerts! Have a good laugh now. :) <a href=""></a>


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

Hopefully you're joking! You're jesting! You make the big funny!


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 10:45 p.m.

I agree. The correct sketch should be one of a stick figure.


Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 5:50 p.m.

Furthermore, everyone with one of those stick-figure-family stickers on their minivan/SUV would be a potential suspect. The police are spread thin enough as it is.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 : 2:36 a.m.

a stick figure could discriminate against skinny people.


Tue, Nov 15, 2011 : 10:03 p.m.

AGH!!!! Racism! Good on for being sensible and providing a description (and sketch) when available. I had half a mind that you'd buy into the extreme PC nonsense