Detroit police officer and civilian arrested in connection with Wayne County armed robberies

(WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that a Detroit police officer and a civilian were arrested on Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery investigation. 

The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has identified the suspects as 34-year-old DPD Officer Clifton Whatley and 35-year-old Layman D. Armstrong.

Whatley and Armstrong are currently being held in the Taylor police lock-up. They were arraigned on the charges Thursday morning.

The men are accused of a series of armed robberies throughout Wayne County. Officials say they hit businesses in Taylor, Westland, Canton, Harper Woods and Melvindale from May 2012 to March 2013.

Whatley is charged with three counts of Armed Robbery, two counts of Bank Robbery, one count of Conducting a Criminal Enterprise, three counts of Unlawful Imprisonment and Felony Firearm.

During his arraignment Whatley told the judge that these are just allegations and he has never been arrested before. He also said he has been suspended from the Detroit Police Department.

Armstrong is charged with Armed Robbery, Bank Robbery and Felony Firearm. Prosecutors say that in May 2012 he robbed the Check and Go at the corner of Wick and Telegraph in Taylor.

Police sources are telling us that this is an ongoing Michigan State Police investigation.

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