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Brothers arrested for attempted robbery at 7-Eleven in Macomb Township

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Posted at 5:18 PM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 17:18:52-04

Two brothers were arrested for attempting to rob a 7-Eleven located at 24 Mile and Gratiot on Wednesday.

A Chesterfield Township Officer observed Jake Smith, 19, back his 2008 Ford Explorer into the parking lot of the closed "Leslie Tire" business. The officer observed Smith turn off the lights and exit, heading to the 7-Eleven.

The officer located and identified Jake's brother Nicholas, 21, who couldn't give the officer a logical explanation as to why they parked in the closed lot.

As officers were investigating Nicholas, Jake returned to the lot and attempted to re-enter the driver's door as if nothing out of the ordinary happened.

At the same time, Chesterfield Township 911 Dispatchers told officers at the scene they were on a 911 line with the 7/11 clerk, and the clerk said a man matching Jake's description had just attempted to rob her.

The clerk said the suspect held his hand in his pocket, implying he was armed, and demanded that she empty the register. She said she confused him by telling him that he needed to scan items for purchase before the register would open.

She also said the suspect possible became concerned with another customer that was in the back of the store preparing a coffee, causing him to flee on foot before obtaining any money. 

Officers detained both brothers and found a knife in Jake's jacket pocket. During a search of their vehicle, officers located a baggie of suspected marijuana in the vehicle's ashtray. 

Jake was charged with Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed and Possession of Marijuana. Nicholoa was charged with Assault with Intent to Rob While Armed.

They were both given $25,000 cash bonds and are currently being held in the Macomb County Jail.