A Sparta man has been charged with armed robbery in the hold up of a gas station in Sparta last Saturday night.
According to Sparta Police Chief Andrew Milanowski, police responded to the Admiral Gas station at 206 S. State Street in the Village of Sparta on an armed robbery on Saturday, June 22, at approximately 10:10 p.m.
A white male subject reportedly entered the store with a knife and demanded money and cigarettes from the clerk. The clerk complied and the suspect left with out any further incident. He was last seen leaving the parking lot on a bicycle eastbound on E.
Gardner Street. Police immediately checked the area but couldn’t find the suspect, so they called in a K-9 from the Grand Rapids Police Department. The dog tracked to the door of a house not far from the scene.
Police set up a perimeter around the house and soon determined the house was unoccupied. Milanowski said that witnesses came forward and told them that the suspect left in a vehicle and where he might be. Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff Department who were also assisting responded to this area.
A short time later, while Sparta Officer Krystal Stuart was still at the original residence, the suspect and vehicle arrived back at the residence. He was then taken into custody. The majority of the cigarettes and a large portion of the money believed to be taken in the robbery were recovered.
The suspect, Jason Michael Warfield, 34, of Sparta, was arrested and lodged in the Kent County Jail. He was arraigned Monday, June 24, on one charge of armed robbery, one count of possession of cocaine, and charged as a habitual offender 4th offense. Bond was set at $260,000 cash or surety. Warfield was on probation for a prior larceny offense that happened last August in Mason County, and a violation of the controlled substance act.