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Armed Robber Ties Up Victims, Leads Police On High Speed Chase

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - An armed robber walked into a Jackson used car dealership, threatened the store's owner and his 11-year-old daughter, tied them up and robbed them.

Jackson police said happened around 1 p.m. Saturday inside Ace Auto in Jackson.

"He implied there was a weapon, a gun," said Sgt. Tim O'Neill of the Ingham County Sheriff's Department. Police said the suspect also showed the victims he had a knife. 

After the suspect duct taped the victims, Ingham County officers said he stole personal items, including credit cards, a social security card and a checkbook. He then ran out of the store and hopped into a red Mitsubishi Eclipse he stole from the Ace Auto parking lot.

Around that time, officials said another man walked into the dealership. He found the man and his daughter, untied them and called police.

The investigation led officials in Jackson to believe the suspect would drive the stolen car toward Lansing. Jackson officials called Ingham County officers. It wasn't long until a member of the Ingham County Sheriff's Department spotted the stolen car.

"Our officers at Holt Road picked up the suspect's vehicle," Sgt. O'Neill said.

When the man wouldn't pullover, a chase on Holt Road reached more than 100 miles per hour. Police said the suspect crashed the stolen car into a ditch as he tried to make a left turn. 

"[After the crash] he exited his vehicle. My officer showed up and exited his vehicle immediately and the subject surrendered," O'Neill said.

Police tell 6 News this wasn't the teen's first run-in with the law. He has only been out of jail for three days following a concealed weapons charge. Now he could spend decades more behind bars.

The suspect is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail. He faces multiple felony charges, which include armed robbery in Jackson County and fleeing and eluding in Ingham County.

Officials will not release the suspect's name until he faces a judge in Jackson on Tuesday.

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