WOODHAVEN (WWJ) – Police say a group of five men and women were arrested after holding employees of a Woodhaven Wendy’s at gunpoint and leading a high-speed police chase through Wayne County.
Woodhaven Police Lt. Michael Graham said the robbery happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at the fast-food restaurant outside of Meijer on Allen Road, near West Road.
Employees told police one of the robbers busted through the drive-through window before declaring a stick-up. Police said a 911 call from the restaurant mentioned two black men as the suspects.
The thieves were able to take about $800 before fleeing the store, police said. No employees were injured.
Graham said an officer saw a silver Pontiac with at least two black men leaving the parking lot near Meijer shortly after the 911 call came in and pulled over the vehicle to question the occupants, according to a report by The News Herald.
But the driver sped away, initiating a police chase up Allen Road to northbound I-75 where they entered the freeway. Several police cars, including two from Brownstown Township, pursued the robbers at a high rate of speed before the suspect’s vehicle crashed near the Southfield Road exit in Lincoln Park.
One of the suspects was taken to the hospital for treatment before being released into police custody.
Police believe the robbery could be part of something bigger, however, saying the suspects might be connected with Detroit home invasion.
“As we were investigating the robbery, we received calls from family members in Detroit who were victims in the home invasion,” Graham told The News Herald. “Right now, we don’t know how they even knew to call us. No information on the arrests had even gone out to anyone.”
Graham said it could be possible that someone at the home that was robbed knows at least one of the suspects and heard that an arrest was made. The home invasion is under investigation, and Woodhaven Police are waiting on information from Detroit Police while the suspects are being held.