EASTON TOWNSHIP – A man was taken to hospital in serious but stable condition after an armed robbery at the store he worked in in Easton Township, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.
Just before noon Sunday, an unidentified 36-year-old man from Ionia, dressed in black and carrying a katana sword, went to the store, located in the 700 block of W. Lincoln Avenue, and attempted to use a rope to tie the door. closed from the outside. When the clerk, a 56-year-old Lyonnais, confronted the man, the suspect drew his sword and stabbed the clerk, according to the sheriff’s office.
MPs said the 56-year-old tried to escape to the back of the store, but the suspect followed him, cutting off his head and neck, causing serious injuries. The 36-year-old pushed the clerk behind the counter and robbed the cigarette and cash store before running away.
The victim was transported by LIFE EMS with serious injuries to his face and head to Spectrum Health Butterworth where he is currently in serious but stable condition.
The unidentified suspect was located by MPs north of the store in a farm field off Haynor Road. After a brief standoff, the 36-year-old surrendered and was taken into police custody by lawmakers. He was treated for injuries at Sparrow Hospital in Ionia, then incarcerated in Ionia County Jail for armed robbery and felony assault. He will be brought to justice on Monday, but the sheriff’s office will not release his identity or any other information until then.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this scene by the Ionia Public Safety Department, Michigan State Police, Lakeview Post, Ionia Central Dispatch, and LIFE EMS.