Man accused of robbing Saline Domino's and attempting to escape police will face trial
The man accused of robbing a Saline Domino’s and subsequently attempting to escape police custody will face trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
Robert Neibler, 27, is charged with armed robbery, attempting to disarm a police officer, attempted escape and assaulting a police officer. He is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail on a $125,000 bond and will return to court for a pretrial hearing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in front of Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Donald Shelton.
According to police, Neibler left a rehab facility in Ann Arbor on Jan. 23 and was driven to the Domino’s at 401 E. Michigan Ave. in Saline by a woman. Neibler got out of the truck and entered the store, where he told an employee he had a gun and demanded money from the register, police said.
He left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and got back into the truck, instructing the woman to drive away, police said. The truck was pulled over as it was heading north on Maple Road and Neibler was arrested on the scene, police said.
All of the cash from the robbery was recovered, according to police.
He was arraigned on the charges on the afternoon of Jan. 24 and was taken to the hospital at about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 25, according to Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office officials.
An officer was escorting Neibler to a restroom when he attempted to remove the officer’s gun from its holster, police said. It took two deputies to subdue Neibler, according to police.
Neibler was at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for self-inflicted injuries, according to police.
He has previous convictions for breaking and entering and uttering and publishing, commonly known as forgery. He also may be a suspect in two robberies in Tecumseh, according to police.
Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on Twitter.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 9:32 p.m.
Lock him up and throw away the key.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.
The guy sounds like a criminal mastermind. Saline Dominos is 3 blocks from the Saline Police Station.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.
annarbor.com has run two different pictures of this guy. So far. Is today's version the correct one? If so, who was the guy whose photograph was posted 24 January?
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 5 a.m.
The first picture was his MDOC picture. He's been in prison before and they used his prison photo.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.
A previous story said that he was taken to the hospital for self inflicted wounds that were made at the county jail
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 10:38 p.m.
"An officer was escorting Neibler to a restroom when he attempted to remove the officer's gun from its holster, police said. It took two deputies to subdue Neibler, according to police. Neibler was at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for self-inflicted injuries, according to police." -- Ah yes, self-inflicted...
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 : 2:16 a.m.
Yeah, because somebody who just left drug rehab, robs a pizza joint, and tries to disarm a Deputy would never consider hurting himself so he could get out of Jail and be taken to the hospital, where he could try to escape. I mean, there definitely has to be some sort of cover-up because I don't see how this could ever happen (wishing that my computer had a sarcasm font)!!!!!!!!!!! Get real.
Tue, Jan 31, 2012 : 10:33 p.m.
If this is all true this guy sounds dangerous. Let's hope justice prevails.