Man arraigned for robbing woman while she picked up food at Troy restaurant
Jan 18, 2013 (Detroit Free Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A man who allegedly held up a woman while she was picking up a carry out order from a Troy restaurant was arraigned Friday on armed robbery and other charges.
Authorities arrested James Rutherford Mell, 38, of Troy, after a police officer spotted a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect's SUV.
A woman was putting food in the trunk of her vehicle just before 3 p.m. Jan. 9 outside the Alibi, 6700 Rochester Road, when a black SUV pulled up behind her and stopped suddenly, according to a news release from Troy police.
When she turned around, she saw a man wearing a black ski mask exit the vehicle. He pointed what the woman believed was a stainless steel handgun and demanded her purse, authorities said.
After snatching the purse, the suspect drove away on Rochester Road -- but not before the victim saw part of his license plate number.
On Wednesday, a Troy police officer saw a 2008 Dodge Nitro matching the description of the suspect's vehicle parked in front of a home near the restaurant. Police arrested Mell after following him in the vehicle to a party store. His blood alcohol content was .30%, according to the news release, more than three times the legal limit.
Mell was arraigned in 52-4 District Court on one count of armed robbery and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was also arraigned on six counts of fraud related to his use of the woman's credit card, said Troy Police Sgt. Andy Breidenich.
Mell is due back in court Tuesday.
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