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Big Rapids armed robbery suspect arrested, and he’s only 14, police say

UPDATE 8/4/23 10:23 a.m.

The Big Rapids Police Department said Friday that the suspect of the robbery at the Admiral Gas Station on North State Street in Big Rapids has been arrested.

Officials say that during the investigation of the robbery, detectives identified a juvenile suspect who was also a possible suspect for a report of a stolen vehicle in Evart. That possible stolen vehicle matched the description of the car seen during the time of the robbery.

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The investigation revealed that the main suspect had a friend living in Evart, and detectives were able to locate the stolen car at the Evart home, along with the suspect. While at the home in Evart, detectives searched the car and found a handgun and clothing that matched what was used during the robbery, according to the police.

The suspect, identified at a 14-year-old male, was taken into custody Thursday evening and held in Osceola County by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. The Big Rapids Police Department has asked for charges against the 14-year-old for armed robbery and having a concealed weapon.

The Big Rapids Police Department was assisted by the Ferris State University DPS, the Evart Police Department, the Mount Pleasant Police Department, Michigan State Police and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

8/3/23 10:58 a.m.

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Big Rapids police need your help identifying the suspect of an armed robbery.

At around 1 a.m. Thursday morning, officers were sent to the scene of an armed robbery at the Admiral gas station on State Street in Big Rapids.

The robber - a white male between 20 and 30 years old - held the clerk at gun point demanding money.

The suspect is described as a tall white male last seen wearing a black hoodie and gray sweatpants.

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He left the store in a small maroon SUV, perhaps a Ford Escape or Chevy Trax. He was seen driving east on the Baldwin Street bridge.

If you have any information on the suspect, please contact Big Rapids police at 231-527-0005.

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