Employees tied up with zip ties during marijuana robbery near Hesperia.

August 24, 2021

Employees tied up with zip ties during marijuana robbery near Hesperia.

NEWAYGO COUNTY — Two employees at a marijuana dispensary were robbed at gunpoint and tied up with zip ties during an armed robbery Monday night, Aug. 23, near Hesperia, according to a press release from the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.

Hesperia police officers assisted Newaygo County sheriff’s deputies at the scene.

One of the two suspects was apprehended later Monday night in southwestern Michigan near the Indiana border by the Three Rivers Police Department in Saint Joseph County during a traffic stop, while the other suspect fled on foot and remains at large. The stolen marijuana was found inside the vehicle, according to police.

“On Aug. 23, 2021 at 8:27 p.m., NCSO (Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office) deputies and Hesperia PD responded to an armed robbery in progress at a marijuana dispensary south of Hesperia,” states the press release. “Two employees at the dispensary were robbed at gunpoint and tied up with zip ties. The suspects left the robbery in a red Dodge Charger before police arrived. A suspect was quickly developed and a statewide broadcast was put out for the Charger.  

“Three Rivers Police Department in St. Joseph County attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description. One of the two suspects was immediately apprehended while the other fled on foot. A search is ongoing for the second suspect. The stolen marijuana from the dispensary was found inside the vehicle. The suspect in custody is being lodged at the Newaygo County Jail for multiple felony charges including armed robbery. Charges will be sought for the second suspect pending his capture.  Both suspects are from northern Indiana.”

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