Armed robbery suspects barricaded in apartments in the Ypsilanti space, police say
YPSILANTI, MI – Police were implicated in a standoff with three barricaded armed men at the Aspen Chase Apartments in Ypsilanti Township on Friday, September 24.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said police were dispatched to the area shortly before 2:30 p.m. for an armed robbery at the Boost Mobile store on 2872 Washtenaw Avenue.
The suspects – described as three men armed with firearms – fled the scene and are said to be barricaded in the complex. The police had not contacted them by 3:30 p.m.
“Right now it’s just about getting in touch, talking to people,” said Jackson.
The sheriff’s office asked people to avoid the area around the apartment complex, which was on Golfside Road between Washtenaw Avenue and Clark Road.
Police also warned those who dropped students off in the area on school transport that the district would be sending instructions for transportation adjustments.
In a letter to parents, the Ypsilanti Community School district asked people who live in Aspen Chase to collect their children directly from school. If that wasn’t possible, the buses would be stationed at the At Home Furniture Store on the corner of Golfside and Washtenaw.
“Students who have not been picked up from the At Home Furniture Store will be returned to their school building,” says Superintendent Dr. Alena Zachery-Ross signed the letter.
Residents of the crime scene report that criminal activity in the apartment complex has recently increased.
Robert Valentine, an Aspen Chase resident for less than three weeks, expressed frustration and said this was the second time they have closed the area since he moved in.
“The police are here every day,” he said.
Valentine, 64, has moved from the Milan area and says he is ready to move again.
Louis Mclean, who has been based in Apsen Chase for about a year, said crime has gotten worse in recent months.
“That just can’t be acceptable,” he said. “There were weekly shots here.”
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