Two men arrested after multiple robberies involving Wayne State students in Detroit

Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 16:46:38-04

Two men have been arrested in connection to three robberies that involved Wayne State students near the school's campus in Detroit, WSU police said.

Around midnight Thursday, officers responded to Cass Avenue where a 20-year-old student reported that he was walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by two unknown men. 

He swung at one of the men and forced the other man, who had grabbed him in a bear hug, to the ground. While on the ground, the victim told officers that both men went through his pockets, taking his cell phone.

While meeting with the student, a second robbery was reported at Second and Hancock, where a 27-year-old student said she was robbed after parking her car on the street. One of the men took her car keys from her.

Police say the men fled the scene in the woman's car, a blue Nissan, which was followed by alleged accomplices in a red Ford Escape with a broken headlight.

Two officers pursued the Ford Escape for several miles, while another officer saw the Nissan traveling eastbound on Warren from Woodward at a high rate of speed.

The officer pursued the car for several miles when a man bailed out of the moving car. The stolen vehicle continued fleeing the area until the driver bailed out of the car at Porter and 24th street. He fled on foot and was taken into custody. The Nissan was recovered.

A police K-9 Unit and handler located and recovered a handgun, cell phones and a gray hooded sweatshirt. 

Officers from the Detroit Police Department located and arrested the other suspect, where they recovered two stolen cell phones and a ski mas.

Investigators are confident that the two offenders are the same ones from both robberies, as well as another one that occurred at Cass and Borroughs.