Pharmacy gunman leads police on high-speed chase to adult bookstore

A suspect barricaded inside the Lion's Den Adult Superstore near Coldwater on July 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy: The Daily Reporter)

COLDWATER, Mich. (WANE/WOOD) – A gunman who barricaded himself in an adult novelty store after leading police on a high-speed chase has been taken into custody, according to reports out of Coldwater, Michigan.

The large police presence that was outside the Lion’s Den Tuesday. (July 22, 2014)
The large police presence that was outside the Lion’s Den Tuesday. (July 22, 2014)

According to officials in Indiana and Michigan, the situation started with a police chase in Angola, the suspect crossed state lines and, at some point, stopped and ran into the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore on Jonesville Road just east of I-69 and north of Coldwater.

Angola Police Detective Tim Crooks told WANE’s news partners at KPC Media that the chase started after a white man wearing a hat robbed a CVS in Angola just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday. The suspect demanded drugs and threatened a gun. He took off with the drugs before officers arrived on scene.

Angola Chief of Police Stu Hamblen said responding officers had not received a vehicle description but an officer in the area noticed a car that was driving very fast and started to follow it. The officer then realized that there was no plate on the car.

The man in this car led officers on a chase that reached speeds of over 120 mph, according to KPC Media. Once in Branch County, in Michigan, stop sticks were used to try to force the car to stop or slow down.

The suspect then got out of his car ran into the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore.

The Daily Reporter, Coldwater’s newspaper, initially reported that at least two people were being held hostage by the gunman while he was barricaded inside the store. Police later said, after the suspect was in custody, that there was only one hostage.

The Daily Reporter and WWMT reported that the suspect was taken into custody around 1 p.m. No injuries have been reported. WOOD reports that the suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene.

Hamblen said he was happy with how his officers responded to the situation. He was glad none of his officers were hurt and the public was safe during a pursuit that reached very high speeds.


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