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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 12:35 p.m.

Police: Glencoe Hills pistol-whipping robbery was drug-related

By Paula Gardner

The victim in a recent robbery in a Pittsfield Township apartment complex went to the hospital instead of calling police — and police now say the reason may be due to the nature of the crime.

Investigators from the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety said the robbery that took place late Wednesday in the 2100 block of Glencoe Hills was not random, and it involved the theft of several thousand dollars.

The victim, a 24-year-old, went to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after the 9:45 p.m. attack. After police were called, he told officers that he was pistol-whipped from behind by a stranger, and some money was taken.

Police said Friday that the initial report wasn't accurate. Instead, the victim — described as uncooperative — appears to have had several thousand dollars stolen during the attack.

"Further investigation has revealed that this incident was not a random act of robbery," according to a news release. "It appears that the victim was targeted by the suspect and that the incident involved drug activity.'

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 5’9”, 160 lbs, 30-35 years old, with a full beard. He was wearing a green and white bandana, dark green or black jacket with hood, and black pants.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Pittsfield Township Police Department at (734) 822- 4911.

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Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 6:22 p.m.

Prohibition has never worked historically. Watch Ken Burn's latest series and educate yourself. Legalize, control, tax, and educate about the types of mind altering substances that are currently only available at street level to most without insurance . Alot of people can get the same effect from phamaceuticals IF they have insurance and a doctor willing to prescribe. People without the means will take to the street and we will keep reading stories like this and worse.


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 3:26 a.m.

@Momma G: If so many people are addicted to drugs, doesn't that prove that the War on Drugs doesn't protect people from addiction? The USA learned during Prohibition that the consequences of the black-market alcohol trade were much worse than alcohol itself. Why can't we learn the same lesson with other drugs?


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 3:52 p.m.

There's a wider issue here: That whole Washtenaw corridor from Glencoe to Ypsi has gone down the toilet in the last decade. Glencoe, once one of the nicer apartment digs, has turned into a crime-riddled bus-stop with a swimming pool, and it gets worse from there, on to Camelot, near the abandoned Farmer Jack store, which is like something out of the projects. Spice Tree, International place, and others on the way are all like what Huron Hills near EMU or Lake in the Hood looked like ten years ago now: ghetto-ized el cheapo section 8 housing that is poorly maintained and poorly secured.

Berda Green

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 4:03 a.m.

thats what u get when u sell crack hahahha

Momma G

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:34 a.m.

I am more shocked at Joe_Citizen's remark. Evidently he hasn't had a family/friend who has gone to the point of stealing to get the drugs that they have gotten hooked on by these damn drug dealers. Nor has he lost a loved one to drug overdoses. I was also holding my tongue after reading the first story about this incident. I told my husband this morning, who had come home saying "there was a "serious" robbery in Pittsfield Twp. ..." that a man was beaten at Glencoe Hills, that there was more to it since his friend that he was walking with wasn't hurt. Too bad, so sad that these people think drugs is the answer. Pray every night for an end to drug dealers and drug addictions.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

All this drug related crimes can be demolished by just making all drugs legal to adults. The people who use drugs are going to use them whether or not they are legally obtained. If we had injection sites like they do in Amsterdam, we would take the 90% of crime from the streets. There would be peace finally. We pay to keep these drug related criminals behind bars. Why not just make them legal, and let the addicts themselves deal with their own consequences. This illegal drug trade is causing wars that we have to pay for too. If they were legal and free to drug addicts, we would only pay ten dollars a day, per person, for them, instead of $200 a day we pay to keep them in prison. This would keep the drugs off the streets and away from the children, and the drugs would be clean of bad stuff the dealers add to it to make more weight to the drugs. Amsterdam, has the lowest crime rate in the world, and much lower substance abuse problems per capita then most countries. I believe it's because they have a public awareness for drug use. It is pretty obvious to this country that the war on drugs has been nothing but spending way too much money with no resolve. We lost the war on drugs and will keep loosing, just like it has been sense it was started. We get rid of one bad guy and five take their place. It is an endless cycle and we keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. I believe there is a word for this kind of behavior, i believe the word is psychotic. This whole country has addictions to something or another, and just because some people choose drugs then they are criminals. I wrote a report on a book written by DR Gabor Mat'e, called "In the Realm of Hungry Ghost", that goes into great detail of addiction and first world society's. The pharmaceutical companies know all about his findings and have been capitalize on them for eon's. People are addicted to shopping, food, stealing, and so on. Drugs are only 10% of the addictio


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 4:08 p.m.

The Amsterdam data I used is data I had from many years ago. Sorry I should have checked the current data.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:20 a.m.

The word you are looking for is "Insanity" but I get the point. I agree with the legalization of some drugs, but after watching a sibling climb like an airplane leaving the airport then suddenly take a nose dive and crash, the hard stuff has to be controlled somehow. I saw first hand what addiction does and it is hard to watch people kill themselves slowly. It's much more magnified when it's a family member or friend. My brother holds responsibility for his death no doubt, but the dealer who was at his door like clockwork every pay day (until he lost his income totally) was just as responsible. He was selling heroin and arrived just in time to get the cash after the paycheck was cashed. When the paycheck was gone he was there immediately after my brother had committed a crime and converted the proceeds to cash. This is what heroin dealers do. They give you a few freebees at first then when they know you are hooked you become a prisoner to them. He was caught. I gave his phone records to the police after hacking them. He cried addiction and is walking free after passing thru the drug courts and manipulating his way thru the legal system. If the drug laws were changed and we just let people walk in and buy what they needed we would need to change other laws to ensure the working taxpayers are not paying for hosuing, food, and health care for junkies. We all know they are going to be entitled to them with addiction classified as a disease. The whole situation is complicated in the USA. It would take a decade or two to change the laws needed to ensure the addicts do not become our burden. If legalized drugs would have to be taxed heavily to cover the cost associated with the consequences of using them. God knows the war on drugs was lost a long time ago and yes it is insane that our Government will not budge on this and just continue building prisons. I am very happy to know I never put a child on this earth to face the horrible future looming in front of us.


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:04 a.m.

forgot to add the following from the same article: "Amsterdam is the second most criminal town in the Netherlands."


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

from: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> &quot;Safety Amsterdam does have a high crime rate. Poverty amongst a relatively large percentage of the population likely plays a role. So does the presence of tourists. Pickpockets and other thieves have their hands full, so to speak. Much crime in Amsterdam is of a different nature, though. In recent years, a revenge-war amongst top criminals has resulted in a number of assassinations — with hits often taking place in public.&quot; also: &quot;Holland's social welfare system has suffered both from the influx of relatively unskilled or unemployable immigrants, as well as from a changing work ethic — or perhaps we should say, lack of work ethic — that has seen a high percentage of people, from immigrant and local background alike, remain on welfare without valid reasons.*&quot;


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

No, I didn't cut and paste, I just wrote a rough draft and they only allow you so many characters. This is from my brain directly to the post. I can see why you might think that.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:22 p.m.

Why do I get the feeling you cut and paste that over and over again.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

As I said after reading the first story, there was more coming. It sounded fishy to me. (and there is) Good job Pittsfield!!


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

Ya think?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 6:32 p.m.

I was holding my tongue after reading the first story so i can honestly say... I am shocked! Not


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 5:56 p.m.

and this should surprise us nowadays in what manner?