Man arrested after taking cellphone and iPod to settle $20 drug debt
A 22-year-old Ypsilanti man tried to settle a drug debt Tuesday morning by taking a phone and iPod from his customer - but police found him a few hours later and arrested him for strong-armed robbery.
According to a release from the Ypsilanti Police Department, the pair were in the 200 block of Pearl street at about 10 a.m. when the suspect spotted the 22-year-old victim.
The victim owed him $20 for a previous drug deal - and he also had the phone and iPod.
The suspect took them amid some threats that he'd hurt the victim if he didn't hand them over. However, no one was hurt, according to the report.
The victim called police, and a few hours later the suspect was spotted near downtown - and he was carrying the stolen items.
The man, an Ypsilanti Township resident, was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail and booked on the strong-armed robbery charge, police said.
The property was recovered.