Man tries to commit robbery at Royal Oak dry cleaners, doesn’t get anything, gets arrested

55-year-old Detroit man arrested

A person suspected in two Royal Oak armed robbery incidents in April 2022. (Royal Oak Police Department)

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Officials said a man tried to commit an armed robbery at a Royal Oak dry cleaners but didn’t get away with any property, and now he’s been arrested.

The incident happened at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday (April 5) at Sylvia’s Dry Cleaners on East 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak, police said.

An employee called 911 and said a man entered the dry cleaners and implied he had a weapon. The man demanded money, but he didn’t obtain any property, according to authorities.

He fled from the store on foot, running east on 11 Mile Road, officials said. Royal Oak K-9 units tracked him to a nearby parking lot, where officers believe the man got into a vehicle and drove off.

The 55-year-old Detroit resident was taken into custody Wednesday morning while inside a vehicle in Lincoln Park, according to police. He is expected to be charged by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities believe the same man is connected to the April 1 armed robbery at Martinizing Dry Cleaners on South Main Street.

No injuries were reported in either incident, police said.


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