Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Police arrest 3 men following crime spree with Airsoft Guns

Ann Arbor Police arrested three men accused of a daylong crime spree that included an assault, car theft and armed robbery in the city early Saturday.

Police also are investigating whether the men could be responsible for other recent crimes, Detective Sgt. Richard Kinsey said.

The men - ages 22, 22 and 20 - and all known to police - were involved in a fight at the North Main Party Store on Friday evening, Detective Chris Fitzpatrick said. They also were linked to a stolen vehicle report, he said.

The three men took a Yellow Cab from the area of the downtown library to a bank parking lot near the intersection of Green and Plymouth roads around 3 a.m. Saturday, Fitzpatrick said. Two of the men got out of the cab, when the front-seat passenger puled a handgun on the driver and said he wasn't going to pay the fare, reports said.

The 37-year-old driver said he agreed that the man could leave without paying the $10.25 fare, but when he got out of the cab, the driver called police and began following them, reports said.

The three men went behind a nearby hotel, hid the gun, and entered another hotel, Fitzpatrick said. Officers surrounded the hotel and arrested the men after a short foot chase, Fitzpatrick said.

Police recovered the weapon, an airsoft gun that shoots plastic pellets. Two of the men were lodged at the county jail on armed robbery charges, and the third was released pending further investigation, Fitzpatrick said.
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