Psychiatric evaluation for accused serial robber in Michigan

On Aug. 15 around 4:15 p.m. in Shelby Township, an armed robbery occurred near 23 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue at the Vim and Vigor Health Food Store. Three days later on Aug. 18, there was another armed robbery on Van Dyke Avenue at the Arena Bridal and Formal. Later that day, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a third robbery occurred on Hayes Road at the Dr. Quinn Weight Loss Clinic. According to the victims of all three robberies, the knife-wielding robber entered and exited via their front door. They said he demanded money from them before leaving.

A 26-year-old Shelby Township man was taken into custody on Aug. 19. He was charged with three armed robbery counts and arraigned on Aug. 21. Since that date, he has been incarcerated in the Macomb County Jail. Bond was set at $750,000.

On Sept. 15, the man's attorney filed a motion with the court for a psychiatric evaluation. He cited his client's lack of any prior legal troubles, a stressful 2013 marriage and a drug problem. The Macomb County assistant prosecutor was in agreement with the request. The judge said that an Oct. 9 court day was too soon, but he granted a Dec. 4 court date. In the meantime, the defendant will be waiting in a cue at the jail for the evaluation, which should establish his overall competency and responsibility.

In this case, the defense attorney alleges that the defendant's drug problem caused cognitive deficiencies. His psychiatric evaluation could help his defense, based upon his state of mind, any medications he may have been on at the time as well as his substance abuse history. A criminal law attorney could help an individual who is facing theft charges by entering a request, as this man's attorney did, or negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution.

Source: C and G Newspapers, " Serial robbery defendant to undergo psychiatric evaluation ", Sarah Wojcik, September 16, 2014