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Northern Michigan’s Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested After Grand Traverse County Chase

A proud moment for Michigan State Police.

A chase ended with the arrest of Northern Michigan’s Most Wanted Man.

He was wanted for several serious crimes, but his run from the law ended Friday morning.

In July, the Traverse Narcotics Team found a meth lab inside a Cadillac home and several weapons tied to Robinson. The state police fugitive task force says he’s been avoiding capture ever since, even jumping from a second story window, giving police a false name, and was seen carrying a gun.

Robinson is facing several charges including assaulting a police officer, operating a meth lab, destroying property and now resisting arrest.

Detective and Sergeant Kevin Hansz of the fugitive task force says, “He should be considered armed and dangerous and not to approach him.”

This man has been on the Michigan State Police Fugitive Task Force’s radar since July. Leslie Robinson was wanted for several serious crimes and desperate to stay out of jail.

D./Sgt. Hansz says, “He’s made some statements to people that he is armed, there are people that we’ve talked to that have seen him carrying a weapon and I believe that he has the potential to use a weapon based on the thought that he would rather use a weapon than go back to prison.”

But Friday, that ended when police got wind Robinson was driving in a stolen truck in Grand Traverse County.

Cami Campbell lives nearby and saw all the police activity and says, “It was definitely nerve-wracking just to know that it was so close to home.”

A 20 minute chase, Leslie Robinson running from state troopers.

Sgt. Shawn Wise at the Cadillac Post says, “One of the patrol cars seen him leave and tried to make a traffic stop and the next thing you know we’re in pursuit with him.”

Robinson led them on a chase on dirt roads and trails from Hoosier Valley Road all the way to Mayfield and Fife Lake Road.

The chase ended when the trooper following him patrol car broke down after driving over tree stumps.

Then, state police say Robinson drove his car into this field, stashed it in the trees and got out and ran only to get tracked down by a K-9 team.

Sgt. Wise says, “We fortunately have a K-9 Team that’s assigned to the Cadillac who works out of grand traverse county and was working today so everything worked out perfect to where our K-9 officer was able to immediately get here to the suspect’s vehicle.”

Robinson is now in the Wexford County Jail on numerous outstanding warrants and several new charges from the chase are pending.

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