Philadelphia man charged in connection with April robbery of Tapper's

(WXYZ) - Federal officials have indicted a Philadelphia man in connection with the April 22 robbery of Tapper's Diamond and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield.

The man has been identified as 42-year-old Nathaniel Pembrook. He was arrested in Philadelphia and is awaiting extradition to Detroit.

Pembrook is also charged with the robbery of Medawar Jewelers in Grand Rapids. The Medawar robbery also took place on April 22, just hours before the robbery at Tapper's.

In both robberies, the suspects entered the stores during business hours with their faces covered and carrying guns. They ordered employees and customers to the floor.

In the Medawar robbery, police say, Pembrook was shot in the arm. Blood recovered at the scene was DNA tested and determined to be a match to Pembrook.

Pembrook has been charged with Interference with Commerce by Robbery, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He faces life in prison if convicted on all the charges.

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