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Posted on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Suspect at large after fleeing police, assaulting Pittsfield Township resident

By Sven Gustafson

A suspect in an strong-arm robbery early Sunday remains at large after fleeing police during a traffic stop and assaulting a Pittsfield Township resident.

Police in Pittsfield Township said they were assisting deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office during a traffic stop around 4 a.m. Sunday on Textile Road near Ann Arbor-Saline Road when the suspect fled on foot.

Officers from Pittsfield, the Michigan State Police and Ypsilanti's and Ann Arbor's K-9 unit all worked to try and track down the suspect.

Two residents of the same Pittsfield Township subdivision told police they came in contact with a person matching the suspect's description.

The first, a homeowner who lives on Crooked Stick Court, said the suspect knocked on his door and had asked to use a phone but was refused assistance.

Later, a resident on the 1700 block of Inverness Court called to tell police a subject matching the same description had been at his home. The resident told police he gave a the man, who was barefoot, a pair of boots before the man assaulted him and left on foot with his phone.

Police said the resident sustained no injuries from the assault.

The suspect is described as a thin black man in his early 20s, 5-foot-8 with curly hair that was covered in burrs at last sighting. K-9 trackers found some clothing they believed that the man had shed, and he may be shirtless.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pittsfield police at (734) 822-4911.



Mon, Dec 24, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

Humorous comment opportunities not withstanding, folks might find it helpful to google "Ayoob dont answert that door!!!" and watch this expert video presentation on the topic of answering doors. Have a happy and safe one - all. :-)


Mon, Dec 24, 2012 : 4:03 a.m.

Who answers their door at 4 am, not me, come back at sunrise, lol


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 9:51 p.m.

Santa's elves, the rascally little imps, go postal quite often this time of year what with all the mandatory overtime. They'll be feeling much better next month.


Sun, Dec 23, 2012 : 7:11 p.m.

That was one heck of a distance to travel!


Wed, Dec 26, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

I thought shoeless...should have been red flags going up when someone knocks on your door at that time of the morning.


Mon, Dec 24, 2012 : 4:30 a.m.

Especially being shirtless at 4 in the morning on Sunday when it must have been about 15 to 18 degrees or so.