Published on March 5th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Mich. man facing multiple charges: Montgomery, Millbrook police describe kidnapping, armed robbery
A Michigan man charged Sunday with an armed robbery in Millbrook also faces kidnapping and robbery charges in a Montgomery case.
Jeremy Peter Somers, 27, faces robbery charges, said Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson.
Montgomery police also have charged him with kidnapping and robbery in connection with an incident in that city, said Lt. Regina Duckett, spokeswoman for the Montgomery police department.
Shortly after midnight Saturday night, a woman reported a man approached her as she was getting into her vehicle in the 3400 block of Atlanta Highway, Duckett said. She had two children with her at the time.
At knifepoint, the man forced the woman to drive to an ATM where she was made to remove cash, police reports said. He then had the victim drive him back to the original location where he fled the scene, Duckett said. No one was injured, Duckett said.
The man allegedly left his identification in the victim’s vehicle, reports show.
A few hours later in Millbrook, a man armed with a knife entered the Front Porch Grill, 106 Deatsville Highway, about 6:52 a.m. and demanded money, Johnson said. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot.
At about 6:54 a.m., Cpl. Mark Ritter was on patrol and saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking behind some businesses in the 3600 block of Alabama Highway 14, the chief said.
Ritter approached the man and upon further investigation it was determined that the suspect, later indentified as Somers, was the person police wanted in the robbery case, Johnson said.
He was taken to the Elmore County Jail. Bond hasn’t been set, Johnson said.
Somers could not be reached for comment Sunday. Since the Elmore County Judicial Complex was closed on Sunday, it couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.
“It’s rare to have a call of this nature and have an officer in such close proximity that we are able to make contact and pretty much have (a suspect) in custody before responding units arrived at the crime scene,” Johnson said.
The money allegedly stolen from the business was recovered, he said.
Kyle Vaughan of Millbrook had high praise for the police department. He was jogging in the area of Deatsville Highway on Sunday morning and noticed the police activity. “Millbrook may be a sleepy, little town on a Sunday morning, but don’t mess with our police officers,” he said.
While investigating the armed robbery, Millbrook officers reported that they discovered items in Somers’ possession that they determined were stolen in an earlier breaking and entering of a motor vehicle case, Johnson said. The victim in that case has been found and those items have been returned, the chief said.
Additional charges against Somers for breaking and entering a motor vehicle and theft of property will likely be filed, Johnson said.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser “Mich. man facing multiple charges: Montgomery, Millbrook police describe kidnapping, robberies,” March, 2013.