Authorities: Woman pushed down, robbed in Mount Clemens by man who said he just got out of jail

Willie Powell faces charges

Willie Powell (WDIV)

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A Macomb Township man is facing charges after he allegedly pushed down a woman and stole her wallet Monday in Mount Clemens.

Willie Powell, 55, is charged with unarmed robbery.

Authorities said the 46-year-old victim was walking in the area of Elizabeth Road and Madison Avenue about 8:20 p.m. when Powell allegedly approached her asking for money. When she said she didn’t have any money, he said he was just released from jail and needed money.

The victim again told Powell she didn’t have money and kept walking, officials said. Powell allegedly walked up behind the woman, knocked her down, pinned her on the ground and stole her wallet, authorities said.

The woman, who was uninjured, was able to give authorities a description of Powell.

An investigator had prior cases involving Powell, knew he had just been released from jail and knew he stayed in the area of the robbery, authorities said. Officials said the victim positively identified Powell as the man who robbed her.

Powell’s bond was set at $5,000, 10 percent. A probable cause conference is scheduled for Nov. 13.