LANSING, Lansing police believe they have caught a suspect in at least four recent robberies or attempted robberies, possible more.
Just after noon on Wednesday, a man attempted to rob the Domino's Pizza in the 800 block of West Saginaw Street. He had his hands in his pockets and indicated he had a gun, but no gun was seen. The employees did not give the man any money there, and the would-be robber fled on foot. Less than half-an-hour later a similar scene played out at the Quality Dairy shop in the 1200 block of West Willow Street. Again, a man indicated he had a gun in his pocket, but none was seen. He did get away with the cash there.
At about the same time, a Lansing detective, who had been working the case of two robberies from Tuesday, spotted what he believed to be the suspect's car, a black Cadillac driving in the near the State Library on Kalamazoo Street. He called for a patrol car to make a traffic stop. When the patrol car pulled up, the driver of the Cadillac drove off. After a short pursuit, the suspect's car crashed onto the steps of Sexton High School. After a short foot chase, the man was caught in the vicinity of Jenison Avenue and Washtenaw Street.
Lansing police say there was evidence in the Cadillac to connect the man to the robbery of the Quality Dairy on West Willow Street today.
Police say the 28-year-old Lansing man will be charged for the robbery for the Quality Dairy and the attempted robbery of the Domino's Pizza, as well as the robberies of a Quality Dairy and 7-11 in Lansing's south side Tuesday. They are investigating whether he is responsible for numerous other recent robberies in the Lansing area.