A Mid-Michigan bank was recently robbed by a woman who claimed to have a bomb in her bag or sack. Apparently, the woman left the bag in the bank after claiming it was a bomb. It was later determined that the bag contained two cans of tomato sauce. Bank Robbery is a crime that carries up to life in prison, whether it is perpetrated with or without a weapon. Armed Robbery, another possible charge, also carries up to life in prison. Frequently, perpetrators of robberies at banks, convenience stores, or otherwise, pretend to possess a weapon. If one or more victims relinquishes possession of property that is thereafter taken by the perpetrator, due to a reasonable belief, (based upon the perpetrator's actions, statements, and the physical nature of the object reported to be a weapon), that a weapon is in fact possessed, that is sufficient to convict the thief of Armed Robbery under Michigan law, even though the perpetrator did not truly possess a weapon. The perpetrator of the tomato sauce bomb hoax is still at large.
Early Sunday morning a 15-year-old boy entered a Lansing-area Tim Horton's; he was wearing a bandana over his face, brandishing a gun, and he demanded cash from an employee. After the employee handed over the cash, the perpetrator left the store. After speaking with the employee, the police caught the teen only a few blocks away, and the money and the gun were confiscated.
Two Lansing men were robbed at gun point by two other Lansing men.
Whenever a criminal charge is made, it is often made more serious when there is a gun involved. Whether the original charge is sexual assault, domestic violence, assault or other crime, the punishment can be enhanced if there is a gun or other weapon present during the alleged incident. The same is true for attempted robbery.
A teen and his friend were accused of attacking his parents with a baseball bat in his Farmington Hills home last week Monday. The attack resulted in the death of his father and the beating of his mother and brother by baseball bat. Both teens were charged with first-degree premeditated murder and first-degree felony murder for the death of his father. The teens were charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of assault with intent to commit murder for the beating of his mother and brother.
Monday night, a Lansing woman claimed that she was robbed in her home at gun point. Police were dispatched to the 4500 block of Lowcroft Avenue at 8:45 p.m. because a resident reportedly heard a woman screaming. Upon arrival police found no one at the scene; however, received a call at 10:40 p.m. by a 39 year-old woman claiming she was robbed in her home at gun point. The woman informed police that her assailants were two masked men; one with a gun that demanded money. After her assailants left with her money, the woman dropped her children off at her mother's home and then called the police.