2 Teens Robbed at Gunpoint Behind Library

Incident occurred behind on River Walk on Monday night.

Two teen-agers were robbed at gunpoint on the River Walk* behind the this week, according to a report released Friday.

The couple, a 17-year-old girl and 18-year-old boy from Shelby Township, told police a man approached the couple on the walkway around 10:45 p.m. Monday, showed a handgun and demanded money, according to the report.

The man received $25 from the couple before fleeing; no one was injured, the report stated.

An Oakland County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit was called to track the suspect, who was not found.

The suspect is described by police as a white male clean-shaven with bushy eyebrows and short brown hair, 20-30 years old and wearing a dark shirt, jeans and white tennis shoes.

Anyone with information can contact the Rochester Police Department at 248-651-9621.

* An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated the incident happened on the Paint Creek Trail. The trail actually ends west of the library; the River Walk connects to the trail near Rochester Municipal Park.

Janet August 12, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Isn't the Paint Creek Trail closed after dark? What were they doing out there at that time of the night? Also, I think the Rochester Hills Public Library is not near the Paint Creek Trail. Just something to think about.
Alex Dinsmoor August 12, 2011 at 06:05 PM
You're right Janet, it is closed after dark and it's the Clinton River Trail around there. I have no idea why anyone would be walking around there that late. Rochester isn't as safe as it was.
Mary Ellen Warner August 12, 2011 at 06:08 PM
The Paint Creek Trail is directly behind the Rochester Hills Library. There are street lights and it is a lovely walk along the water after a visit to town.
Kristen Myers August 12, 2011 at 08:38 PM
The area behind the Rochester Hills Public Library is actually the Downtown Rochester River Walk, which connects the Paint Creek Trail and the Clinton River Trail. The Paint Creek Trail technically ends near the intersection of Albertson and Griggs Street, where it becomes the River Walk. And yes, the Paint Creek Trail closes at 10pm. Kristen Myers, Trail Manager, Paint Creek Trailways Commission
Kristin Bull (Editor) August 12, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Thanks so much for the clarification, Kristen.
Bill Murray August 13, 2011 at 03:40 AM
interesting, I had a friend who had his keys and GPS stolen out of his car at the ludlow apts. that same night
Brian Warner August 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM
So two teens get robbed at gun point in Rochester and most are worried about what the name of the trail is and if it occured after hours? I guess it was the two teens fault for being out after 10 and on the wrong trail.
David Gifford August 14, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Something I have always enjoyed about living in downtown is that I have never felt unsafe taking a walk or jog at night. The fact that someone feels they can get away with something like that so close to where I live is bothersome. Rochester is a good town, people choose to live here because of that. While we shouldn't have to walk around in fear, we should still be cautious. Don't leave items out in your car, don't walk alone, avoid secluded areas when walking after dark. Although we have come far as a society, there are still those who are willing to resort to violence and intimidation to get what they want.
Jim Jambriska August 19, 2011 at 01:04 AM
Jim The Rochester area is a great place to live and socialize in. However, like most successful communities we need to keep vigilant of what is going around us and support each others as well as visitors to our community. We must be prepared and willing to jump in to assist anyone in need during an emergency. Often just the site or sounds of others in the area is sufficient to cause trouble to move quickly out of the area.
M.M. September 17, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Did anyone ever find him? Any updates?
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Yes; the boy confessed shortly after. Here's the update: http://rochester.patch.com/articles/boy-16-confesses-to-robbery-behind-library
victoria June 12, 2013 at 12:10 AM
oh hey everyone im one of the teens that was robbed , and for all your informations it wasn't 10 pm and I was 18 at the time and he was 17. We had gotten dairy queen at 7 and walked the trail along with many other people that evening. Clearly this story was mixed a little.
victoria June 12, 2013 at 12:12 AM
oh yeah and we were not a couple
David Gifford June 22, 2013 at 07:14 AM
Victoria, thanks for stepping forward and updating us on this story.


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