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Posted on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 10:58 a.m.

Two men rob pedestrian at gunpoint

By Cindy Heflin

Two men robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint Saturday afternoon in Ypsilanti Township, police said.

The victim was walking in the 1200 block of Leforge Road about 3 p.m. Saturday when he was approached by two men, one of whom brandished a gun while the other went through his pockets and took cash.

The robbers then ran away on foot, he told police. Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputies used a police dog to try to find the men but could not.

One suspect was described as a black man about six feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing white shoes, maroon sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black mask.

No description of the other suspect was available.

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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

The description of this criminal sounds like the description of the criminals in most of the crimes committed in Washtenaw county.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:19 p.m.

I hope the fake report made a few days ago doesn't cause this case to go unsolved, assuming this incedent really did happen. If it did, I hope the men are caught.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9 p.m.

The point I'm trying to make seem to have already concluded that if approached by someone in a threatening manner your reaction will be to take that person out - as in kill. If I were in a similar situation I would shoot to injure first. And with the skill you claim to have I would think you would be able to do that more easily than most. Why is to kill the method of choice? You may have the right to bear a weapon - but you have to think quick justification, and the right to kill. It won't be just one life you've will have potentially destroyed your own and the ones who love you if you make the wrong choice. Can you live with that.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

This was supposed to be under Honest Abe's post.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:31 p.m.

I can't help but wonder if this robbery is for real. If so, I hope the suspects are caught soon.

John of Saline

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:20 p.m.

You know how police sometimes have little lapel-pin cameras that record what they see/what's going on around them? It will be interesting when more civilians get those. One could imaging having one on in a high-crime area and getting good photos of muggers that would help the police.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

Yes, broad daylight, when seconds count, police are minutes away.

Honest Abe

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 4:36 p.m.

In broad daylight! I was walking my dog less than a 1/2 mile from there. You know what? Had they tried to rob me @ gunpoint, the robbers would have been looking down the wrong end of a .40 caliber that's on my waist band every waking moment (CCW holder by the way). A little tip to future robbers: One day, your going to came across someone like me, and when it's over, you will be over.


Fri, Dec 14, 2012 : 6:15 a.m.

WOW! Who would thumbs down this comment ^ a month later? I am no longer only worried about the criminals.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 12:59 a.m.

@ENZO- Thanks for injecting that little bit of reality, it seems to have done the trick. @Abe- Dozens of guns, yet only two hands. First world problems. lol.


Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

@ Abe Something you aren't considering is what you will do when your stray bullet finds the soft head of a child or some other passerby. We are talking broad day light here. If you think you are going to have time to pull out your gun, aim it and take a shot before the guy with his gun already on you sees what you are doing and takes his shot, you are delusional. Your best bet is if he misses you, and then you have time to shoot. But what if you miss? Then you have two 'gun owners' having a shootout on a street in the middle of the afternoon. I just want you to admit that if one of your stray bullets kills or injures someone else, you will readily walk through those prison gates and admit you were wrong.

Honest Abe

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:49 a.m.

I'd also like to add to TheMadCatter- Go ahead, hit the snooze button. But it is very obvious, you have limited knowledge on the subject(s) you're commenting on. And remember - It is not a privilege. IT IS A RIGHT. DO NOT FORGET THAT.

Honest Abe

Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 2:43 a.m.

@Themadcatter- In the event I had to use lethal force, I guarantee it would be justified. I would not spend a minute in jail! It would not be over giving them my wallet, it would be over them threatening my life. That is all it takes. I hope to god I never have to use deadly force, but I tell you this, I am not going to just lay down my rights or be in a helpless situation. There is no way to tell that even IF you do give them your wallet or whatever, that they will not kill you anyways. Regardless of what you say, and whether you are nervous are not means nothing. I have a RIGHT to bear arms, and that I do! To sum it up, I am prepared if someone is a threat to my life or someone else. I am not going to risk that they may take my wallet and flee. If someone puts my life or somebody else in danger, I am prepared to respond with lethal force. And as I always say, worse case scenario - I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 9:27 p.m.

I imagine the little punks would soil their underwear! The business end of a pistol would make the stupidest criminal consider a career change.


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.

H.A., are you willing to spend time behind bars for killing a person who might have "just" taken your wallet or cell phone or whatever. Is exercising your gun rights worth that to you? A jury may not see justification for killing the individual(s) vs. injuring them (and giving that person a chance to defend HISself in the court of law - rather than silencing him and you being, perhaps, the only witness). Also, no matter your training, you have no clue what a person of a threatening nature is capable of doing. He might be more highly trained than you - maybe in karate. That gun you suddenly pull out has a great potential of causing unintended harm. I see too much testostrone pouring out in your post. That's what is scary.

Honest Abe

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

@Sorrythemadcatter - Make you nervous? Too bad. it is my right. Implying I am itching it an ignorant reply. I would rather be prepared. I know a lot of people, would prefer guns to be banned and taken away from us citizens. It will never happen. I will also tell you, that you do not know me or my background or my training. I am fed up with these thugs. And I will say it again - Had they tried to rob me with that pistol - It would have been a fatal mistake on their part. I am an NRA member, I own dozens of firearms, and I have a strong background that involves extensive training and education. I would also like to add, that owning a firearm is not a privilege - IT IS MY RIGHT. Please do not ever forget that!


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

Sorry Abe I hope you can get that CCW charge cleared up?


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 6 p.m.

Good for you Abe.....I agree 100 %


Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 5:06 p.m.

Or, it might just be YOU looking down the wrong end of your owna .40 caliber when they quickly confiscate it off you body before you have a chance to even know what's happening. It sounds like you're just itching to have a reason to use your force. You make me nervous.