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Posted on Tue, May 29, 2012 : 2:55 p.m.

Ann Arbor police arrest man suspected of robbing Broadway Party Store

By Kyle Feldscher

Ann Arbor police arrested an Ann Arbor man suspected of being part of the duo that pulled off a brazen robbery at the Broadway Party Store in April.

Joseph Bailey, 20, was arrested Friday following a long foot chase near Ann Arbor-Saline Road and Interstate 94, according to Ann Arbor police Lt. Renee Bush.


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He faces felony charges of armed robbery, possession of a shotgun and assaulting, resisting and obstructing a police officer, Bush said.

He’s being held on a $250,000 cash bond in the Washtenaw County Jail, Bush said.

Detectives William Stanford and Chris Fitzpatrick arrested Bailey after executing a search warrant at his home that turned up evidence from the crime, Bush said.

“Several leads were provided by the public regarding this incident,” Bush said. “AAPD Detectives followed up on each one of these tips.”

The arrest came just days after Esther Choi, whose family owns the store at 1027 Broadway St., told the Ann Arbor City Council her family needed more protection. Choi was frustrated by the lack of progress in the cases, but spoke with interim police Chief John Seto not long after her remarks.

The robbery took place at 10 p.m. April 9 when two men, one suspected to be Bailey, walked up to the clerk working at the store. Security camera footage released by police shows one masked man pointing a shotgun directly at the clerk while the other man rifles through the cash register, stealing cash and taking liquor from a nearby shelf.

If convicted, Bailey faces a maximum punishment of life in prison on the armed robbery charge.

Police are still searching for the second man in the robbery. Anyone with information related to that suspect is encouraged to call Fitzpatrick at 734-794-6930 ext. 49324 or the Ann Arbor police anonymous tip line at 734-794-6939.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Jun 9, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

All this furor and only one entry praising the person or persons who provided the tip which broke this case and enabled AAPD action. Citizen involvement - with or without a reward - is the meaningful way to support our police. Thank you, whoever provided the tip.

Stan Hyne

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:52 p.m.

No one seems to mention that the police received several leads. Thanks should go the the person or persons who enabled the police to arrest the suspect. Good job whoever you are.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:45 p.m.

You know what I think is funny? ALL OF YOU WILL REELECT HIEFTJE. Yes. You will. And there isn't one viable candidate to challenge King John stepping forward. So keep whining and enjoy a few more years of the dumb and dumber show. You asked for it.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 9:57 a.m.

So let me get this right... they caught the guy only after she pleaded with the city council to get off their butts and protect the city? How many times was the store robbed before and nothing was accomplished? Only after she stood up and poked a hole in the mayor's "everything is fine in this city" balloon did something happen. So, what we take from this story is that if you want things to work the way they're supposed to, you just need to stand up and make the past comments of the mayor look foolish. Shouldn't be too hard.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:44 p.m.

um, yes, that would be correct.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 8:52 a.m.

HEY, it isn't illegal to possess a shotgun. It IS illegal to possess a SAWED OFF shotgun, as it is clear this person has in his hands in the video.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 8:46 a.m.

Many commenters complain about the Mayor and the City Council, but if I were a bettin' man I'd bet that these folks will mostly be re-elected. Should they be? No. In a rational place, these folks would have never been elected in the first place. AA is weak on crime and the career criminals know it. I give the AAPD credit considering the limited political support they get and the revolving door justice system in MI. The article doesn't mention the previous criminal activity this guy has been involved in prior to the robbery. Seems fairly sophisticated for a first-timer. This is Detroit style crime. Watch out, it's a slippery slope.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

I find it very strange that aapd made an arrest just 2 days after the owner of the store complained about getting robbed over and over to the city council to me it sounds like aapd has not been doing there job and they started to feel the pressure they got Some bogus tip on bailey and charged him


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:29 a.m.

Great Job, A.A.P.D. Too many rodents in Ann Arbor!

rusty shackelford

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:22 a.m.

If you want your crime solved, all you have to do is publicly shame the city into doing its job. Good to know.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:18 a.m.

Love the alias


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:51 a.m.

A twenty-year old young man who didn't even have the guts to show his face while holding that gun. Sad, sad, sad thinking of the life he has wasted.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:44 a.m.

If he did this then I hope they give him the maximum and do no plea bargains. I also hope he rats on his friend. Those people (the party store) don't deserve this.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:12 a.m.

wow I just feel so sad for his 2 yr old daughter!!! and family ! wow times are hard but it should never result to this.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:33 a.m.

Someone on here seems to know a lot about this guy; maybe they know who the accomplice was?


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

I didn't know it had to say he has a daughter for it to be so....However maybe so but i doubt $20 or even $100 did little to nothing for her. It still wasn't wise for him to do the crime, especially being a father but those are choices we as individuals make and have to live with. YOU DO THE CRIME YOU DO THE TIME! as I stated before I still feel very sad for his daughter because she too has to live with the ill consequences of her father.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:25 a.m.

Huh? Where does it say he has a daughter? If he does have one then she has been living off these ill-gotten gains.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

If they searched this guy's house before the arrest, how did he wind up running away with a shotgun in his possession?

Ann English

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

So it WAS the store I originally knew as the Broadway Market, between Swift and Moore Streets.

Alan Goldsmith

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

I guess it helps to speak up before City Council, even when the politicians sit there and are too cowardly to say a word back. Kudos to the Ann Arbor Police for the arrest, even with the Mayor's 'I'm comfortable' police bashing and staffing cuts he has supported for the past several years.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:19 p.m.

Given all their resources, AAPD is slow to make arrests, and still has no idea about the rapist that was in A2last summer. Pretty pitiful for a department their size!!


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:53 a.m.

I agree with u %100


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 10:41 p.m.

Well done, AAPD.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

Well, they did good here. But in the next article? They say can't keep the streets safe. Kind of scary.

Ron Granger

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

This great news is impossible. As we hear every day in this forum, nobody is safe with the current level of police funding and the AAPD cannot possibly catch alleged suspects.


Fri, Jun 1, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

If the alleged suspects make a right turn without using their turn signal, then the AAPD will get them for sure!


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 7:54 p.m.

@smokeblwr: That's why in the Old West there was not a single crime!

Ron Granger

Wed, May 30, 2012 : 2:12 p.m.

smokeblwr, anyone desperate enough to use a sawed off shotgun in the commission of a felony (the gun alone is a 10 or 15 year felony) likely doesn't care about your open carry gun. I'd even wager that anyone with that mindset would probably dare the carrier to draw the gun, but perhaps I've watched Pulp Fiction too many times.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 12:23 a.m.

But you'd never get the shotgun pointed at you because you're Open Carrying! When everybody has guns, then nobody will act the fool.

Ron Granger

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:53 p.m.

Open Carry doesn't mean much when someone is pointing a sawed off shotgun at your head.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 11:47 p.m.

...and without Open is rough


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:55 p.m.

I live in this neighborhood, and when the story was announced in April with the picture of inside the Ann Arbor Party Store, I thought it was the party store just a few doors down from the Cottage Inn Pizza outlet on Broadway and on the other side of the Pottery Barn on the Corner of Broadway & Plymouth Rd. Today's story has a picture of the Broadway Party Store (on the corner of Broadway/Plymouth/Moore/&Traver) which is in the same block as the Unisex Barber Shop & Bicycle Shop on Moore street. Unless the inside of the Broadway Party Store has been rearranged, I think you have the wrong external picture...or were there two robberies?


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

If you live in this neighborhood you should familiarize yourself with: Mr.Lee's (Broadway Party Store) Mr.Rush'a (Unisex Barber Shop) Broadway (Ann Arbor Party Store)

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

the one by cottage inn is ARBOR PARTY!!!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:17 p.m.

Nope the inside picture was DEFINITELY Mr. Lee's...


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:52 p.m.

Stanford and Fitzpatrick must be the best detectives. I read their names on line all the time.....Good Job AAPD


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:32 p.m.

That video is terrifying.


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 5:53 p.m.

And it is even more real when Detroiters are faced with it every day. Yes, it is scary.

Linda Peck

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:13 p.m.

Excellent work! Thank you AAPD!

J. Zarman

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:10 p.m.

I wonder if the crumbling pavement of Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. aided the police in catching the suspect........

Kyle Feldscher

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:05 p.m.

I've updated this story with the fact that Joseph Bailey is an Ann Arbor resident.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

Great news! great job AAPD.

David Cahill

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:37 p.m.

This is great news! Well done, Ann Arbor Police!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

I hope the DA can get the whole sentance so we can say GOOD BYE!


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:20 p.m.

I'm just wondering why is it that the only time tells where the person is from is when they are not from Ann Arbor ?


Wed, May 30, 2012 : 1:24 p.m.

You stand by your comment even though it was just proven false? That's some real dedication.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:44 p.m.

Ok Kyle...I only noticed that after I made my post.But still in general I stand by my comment


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

that's because you're only looking for examples that back up your obvious prejudice.

Kyle Feldscher

Tue, May 29, 2012 : 8:04 p.m.

Here are two stories just from today where the arrested men are listed as Ann Arbor residents.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:32 p.m.

Exactly! I've noticed that too.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 7:06 p.m.

Good job A.A.P.D.


Tue, May 29, 2012 : 9:43 p.m.

It is only a good job if he is guilty.