Michigan man jailed after attempting to rob gas station with a hammer, fleeing police

A 27-year-old Michigan man was arrested on Tuesday, April 23, after he allegedly tried to rob a Goshen gas station with a hammer and fled from police in a stolen vehicle.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 6:12 p.m.

GOSHEN — A Michigan man was arrested Tuesday after attempting to rob a Goshen gas station with a hammer and leading police on a chase through Elkhart County.

According to the Goshen Police Department, police were called to the Phillips 66 gas station at 1010 W. Plymouth Ave. at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, for a report of a man with a hammer attempting to rob the store.

The alleged robber, 27-year-old Brandon R. Harris of Parchment, Mich., fled when police arrived.

Police pursued Harris and stopped him, with the help of officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department and an Elkhart Police officer who had been en route to work, on S.R. 19 near C.R. 40.

Harris was found to be driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Michigan and was arrested on preliminary charges of armed robbery, resisting law enforcement and possession of stolen property.

Harris did not succeed in taking anything from the store, according to police.

He was  taken to the Elkhart County Jail and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Elkhart Circuit Court at 8:30 a.m. May 1, according to jail records.

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