MONROE CO., Mich. (WXYZ) — A Toledo man is behind bars after an alleged strong-armed robbery of alcohol from a Rite Aide in Lambertville, Michigan, and attempting to hit a Monroe County deputy's vehicle while fleeing.
The 31-year-old man from Toledo, Ohio, was involved in two hit-and-run crashes in Bedford Township just before the robbery, according to a preliminary investigation.
Police began searching for the suspect in connection to the hit-and-runs when Deputy Steven Warren was approached by a citizen who provided a tip that a black Chevy Impala with front-end damage was parked in a Rite Aide parking lot at 7358 Secor Road.
The officer saw the suspect leaving the store with a handbasket full of liquor bottles with security tops still in place.
Deputy Warren issued orders to the suspect, who refused all commands. The suspect then entered his vehicle, put his car in reverse and struck Deputy Warren's patrol car before fleeing.
There was a pursuit at low speeds, according to authorities, that went southbound on Secor Road and into Toledo, Ohio. The Toledo Police Department got involved at that point and the suspect was eventually stopped and taken into custody.
He's now lodged at the Lucas County jail, pending extradition to Michigan to face charges of strong-armed robbery and felonious assault with a vehicle, among numerous other charges.