Man arrested after SWAT standoff

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

WYANDOTTE – A Special Weapons and Tactics team apprehended two of three suspects in a Southgate robbery outside of a house in the 2200 block of Electric Tuesday.

Downriver SWAT, Wyandotte Police Department and Southgate Police Department used a throw phone to lure the 21-year-old resident and his girlfriend, a 26-year-old Woodhaven woman, from his house about 11 a.m. that day after spotting a vehicle believed to be used a Southgate robbery about 4:45 a.m. that day and tracing it to the house.

Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said the robbery occurred outside a house in the 1400 block of Irene in Southgate. He said Downriver SWAT was called about 6:50 a.m. because the two were believed to be armed.

Police and SWAT officers first attempted to contact the suspect inside the house via a cell phone and then used a public address system, but neither worked, Grant said.

They then used a throw phone, a device commonly used by tactical operations teams.

“Shortly after that, that’s when he came out,” Grant said.

According to published reports, the robbery victim was not injured and may have known one or more of the suspects.

He said not much more is known, as the case has been turned over to Southgate police. Southgate Public Safety Director Doug Coombs did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.

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