Drowned Man Jumped into River to Avoid Police

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

LANSING - The body of a 17-year-old man pulled from the Red Cedar River in Lansing Thursday was a suspect in a recent gas station robbery. Artvon Lamar Moore's body was discovered floating in the river near River Street and Spring Street Friday morning. Eaton County Sheriff's Department Lt. Jeff Campbell says Moore was wanted for the November 20 robbery a gas station in the 7400 block of West Saginaw Highway.

Lt. Campbell says Moore and two other men robbed the gas station and made their getaway in a taxicab. Police stopped the taxi soon afterward, and the three took off on foot. Two other suspects were caught, and it was thought the third had gone into the river to avoid capture. Authorities searched the river that night, but did not find anything.

Lt. Campbell says that, through the course of their investigation, Artvon Moore was identified as the third, missing, suspect.

A medical examiner determined that Moore's cause of death was drowning and there were no signs of foul play.


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  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Psssst...PJ! RT knows how to swim! Nice try, though.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM
    Hey PJ...I sure have made mistakes in my life NONE of which was robbing others and running from the police. It sounds like maybe you have something like this in YOUR background and that's why you're so willing to make excuses for these punks. I certainly hope you're right and karma is real because the best is yet to come for me. Funny thing too...in one sentence you take the position of defending these criminals but in another sentence you want me dead---says something about your values system. Merry Christmas, PJ!!
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 16, 2012 at 01:31 PM
    "i don"t think any of us has a right to past judgement on anyone." We DO have the right to pass judgement on others, April, and, in some instances, to demand that those "others" live up to higher standards of morality than they are exhibiting. This situation is a perfect example of that.
  • by PJ Location: Lansing, MI on Dec 14, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    I think we should throw "RT" in the river and see what happens. I'm pretty darn sure you have made mistakes in your life. These BOYS did make a mistake but he did not deserve to die. That is heartless to say the things you have said about this terrible event. I'm sure if it was your son or family member your whole opinion would be different. (and you can say all day that it would not change your statements but I know it would). All I can say is that karma is real and with the things you say about others, yours will come to you eventually. May it be soon, good riddance!!!!!!
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 14, 2012 at 06:33 AM
    Nice try April, but no one buys it! Every "boy" knows that stealing is wrong. Instead of concentrating on the "boys" who committed this crime...How about the true victims? Imagine the fear and terror that the people in that gas station felt when it was being robbed by these "boys". Imagine them wondering if they were going to go home to their families because these "boys" may decide to kill them--that would be a truly horrible way to die! Enough with the excuses for criminals!!
  • by April Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 07:14 PM
    i don"t think any of us has a right to past judgement on anyone. What those BOYS did was wrong but maybe they didn't have anyone to teach them that. Children make mistakes and boys mature at a slower rate than girls that is why you see co many young men under the age of 25 doing stupid stuff. My heart gose out to his family that is a horrible way to die regaurdless of what he may have done a life was lost have a little bit of respect
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
    Joia, he was NOT a child! He was 17 years old - old enough to know the difference between right and wrong. The "he was a child" garbage is an attempt to make Artvon into a victim, and no intelligent person is going to allow that victim mentality to exist here.
  • by RT Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    Hey Joia...this person was old enough to know the difference between right and wrong/legal and illegal. He made the CHOICE to become a CRIMINAL and rob from others and then he made the CHOICE not to face up to the consequences and fled from the police--he paid the price for his choices. I'm tired of people making excuses for criminals because they are someone's child, brother, cousin, or friend or that they had a "hard life". Ones' past does NOT excuse make! I consider this case a form of cosmic justice.
  • by Joia Location: Lansing on Dec 13, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    None of you know what this young man has been through in his short 17 years that caused him to choose this life. The fact that he robbed a store doesn’t justify you people laughing or being happy for his death. He was a CHILD! Have some respect for his family, because regardless of his criminal activity he was someone’s child, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend. If doing wrong justifies death than we all deserve to die.
  • by cecil Location: simpson on Dec 13, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    The media always describe those under 18 as a man/woman when they are the criminals but refer to them as child/kid when they are victems of crimes
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