Armed robbery suspect arrested after police search near River Rouse campus


A man wanted for an armed robbery at a Garden City liquor store was driven to a lengthy search at the Ford River Rouge Complex on Thursday morning.

Police confirmed that they arrested the suspect at around 5 pm on Thursday evening.

According to the Garden City Police Department, he was called to an armed robbery at a liquor store on Cherry Hill. The suspect, described as a white man about 5 feet 5 inches tall, refused to stop when police tried to pull over his white and tan Ford F-150.

Police followed him to the city of Dearborn Heights and eventually to Telegraph and Dearborn. The man got off the truck near Scheffer and Mellon and police are searching for an area spread over 50-60 acres near the Rauer complex.

Ford Motor Company said in a statement on Thursday that they were told that the suspect was found on the property of AK Steel, indicating a lockdown.

In a statement released to FOX 2, Ford stated that it had closed all Ford buildings on the Rouge site to secure the workforce. Ford says the company was informed by Dearborn police that they were searching for an “armed and dangerous man” on the AK Steel property.

The AK Steel property is located inside the gates at the Rouge site, but is not a Ford facility.

Dearborn Police confirmed the Ford buildings and AK Steel were on lockdown until around 1 a.m. Ford says normal operations have resumed.

The search for the suspect is still on.

We were told that the search began at 9:30 am after being suspected involved in the armed robbery of a facility and liquor store in Garden City. The suspect then allegedly led police at high speed and eventually jumped from his car and started running away.

The police have his vehicle.

The United Auto Workers Union issued a statement to FOX 2 about the situation:

“At this time, it is our understanding that no shots have been fired and our staff at both AK Steel and Ford at the Rouge Complex are safe and in lockdown. We want to emphasize that this is an active situation that the Dearborn Police is handling. At this point, it does not appear to be related to the workplace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dearborn Police and all those who were in lockdown during this situation. “

Brian Rothenberg
United Auto Workers
Director, Public Relations

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.