The Cedar Springs Police arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery on 7th Street last summer, and have identified two other suspects connected to the case, including a 16-year-old girl.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the occupants of the apartment were still up when a person knocked at their door Monday, August 27 at 2 a.m. and asked to use the phone. As one person turned to go get a cell phone, the person at the door came inside and closed the door. At some point this person grabbed one of the men inside the apartment, placed a sharp item to his back and demanded money. The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash. He then took their cell phones before fleeing the apartment.
Police suspected from the beginning that the victims’ apartment was targeted because one of the suspects knew they had just sold a car. But investigators were surprised to learn that it was a group of four people—including a 16-year-old girl—who conspired to rob the victims.
Arrested was Stephen Michael Matthews Jr., 28, of Greenville. He is currently in the Montcalm County Jail on local charges. A felony warrant for armed robbery has been added to his existing felony charges, and he will be arraigned in Kent County at a future date.
Cole Mitchell Kasinger, 18, of Cedar Springs, has been arrested and arraigned in 63rd District Court on one count of armed robbery. He was released from custody after posting a $5,000 cash or surety bond.
The 16 year old, from the village of Sparta, was interviewed and released to the custody of her mother. Charges will be sought for her involvement through Kent County Juvenile Court. Investigators said she was more involved than just being a passenger in the getaway vehicle.
The fourth suspect, a 30-year-old man from Cedar Springs, remains at large.
Cedar Springs Sgt. Edward Good headed up the case, with the assistance of Kent County Sheriff Department Detectives, including Sgt. Detective Jack Smith and Detective Jason Kelley.
“I personally want to thank the Kent County Sheriff Department for assigning senior detectives who brought their many years of experience to help solve our armed robbery case,” said Parent.
“The investigation was very time consuming, with follow-up interviews of the victims, obtaining search warrants and then interviews of potential suspects,” he explained. “With the assistance of detectives from the Kent County Sheriff Department, we were able to gather evidence identifying potential suspects. Their thorough investigation obtained the evidence necessary to seek and obtain felony warrants through the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office,” he said.