After at least four years without a robbery at Lucky's, the clerk says Frank William Schmidt tried to rob the food mart for the third time--this week. Once successfully on Monday around 9:45 p.m., a second time Tuesday around 1:00 p.m., and the third attempted robbery Thursday night.
Around 9 o'clock, when 20-year-old Schmidt allegedly demanded money for a third time, the store clerk was ready and bats went swinging.
"He's like give me the money come on," said Gurpreet Singh, the clerk at Lucky's Food Mart. "So I just reached for my baseball bat and I just hit him once in the face, but he ducked and I hit him like two or three times in the hand an stuff."
The suspect quickly walked out of the store, right as Lansing Police officers were driving down the street. The officers almost hit him with a patrol car, and recognized he matched the description of the thief on Tuesday.
"That was luck of the place," said Singh. "Because police were coming in, otherwise [they might not have caught Schmidt]."
The police immediately chased after the suspect not realizing he had just tried to rob the store a third time. It was while police were chasing Schmidt they got the call another attempted robbery had just occurred.
"It's proactive policing, it's officers being aware of their area, being aware of descriptions of suspects that are wanted in crimes," said Officer Robert Merritt of the Lansing Police Department. "I haven't seen something like this where the person will, in one, week hit the same establishment or rob the same person or place that many times. Obviously this person has got serious issues."
Officers had to pursue the suspect on foot. They tased him because he wouldn't drop the knife.
"This is a strong person of interest for the past robberies at Lucky's because of the similarities at each of the crimes, the weapon used as well as the physical description," said Merritt.
The store clerk doesn't anticipate any more robberies, but he's keeping the bat.
"If anybody tries to do it again, I'll have my bat ready," said Singh.
They say, the third times a charm and it appears the store might have it's luck back, now that the suspect is caught.
Schmidt was charged with three felonies Friday in connection with Thursday night's attempted robbery. He's due back in court on July 3.