NEWS RELEASE, KENT COUNTY SHERIFF
The Kent County Sheriff Department has arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2012, in a parking lot of the York Creek Apartment Complex. The victims were sitting in their vehicle when the two suspects approached demanding money. One of the suspects held two handguns while ordering the victims out of their vehicle. The second suspect then rifled through their vehicle for property. The suspects then told the victims to leave only to shoot numerous rounds at the vehicle as they attempted to flee. Neither victim was injured by the gunfire though the vehicle was struck with a round going through the rear window narrowly missing the occupants.
Road Patrol deputies have had numerous recent home invasions in this area of the complex and quickly identified a potential suspect. Investigators located both suspects near the crime scene where they lived in an adjacent apartment building. Both men were identified by the victims and arrested.
Search warrants were executed on both suspects’ homes and the weapons were recovered along with other evidence from the robbery. In addition, investigators seized stolen property that had been taken from the recent home invasions.
Arrested and charged were:
Ryan Campbell, 24 yr oldArmed Robbery
Joseph Whitaker, 19 yr old
Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder
Media contact: Undersheriff Jon Hess at 616-632-6236
|Joseph A. Whitaker|