Ionia County Robbery Suspect on the Run

PORTLAND, MI – On Saturday November 30th, 2019, at approximately 6:15am, Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 11000 block of Keefer Hwy in Sebewa Township of Ionia County on a reported burglary in progress.Robert John Briggs

The homeowners called 911 to report a strange man in their home, and that the homeowner had armed himself with a pistol and confronted the suspect. During this time the suspect attacked the homeowner resulting in shots being fired, which didn’t strike anyone. However, the suspect was able to wrestle the pistol away from the homeowner and robbed him of his vehicle keys, and fled in the homeowners dark grey 2014 GMC Sierra Pickup, bearing Michigan Plate 8GPT8.

Investigators at the scene were able to identify and later obtain arrest warrants for the suspect in this case, identified as Robert John Briggs, 52-years-old, of Charlotte, MI.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating Robert Briggs at this time, as well as locating the stolen GMC Pickup Truck. 

Persons who believe they have seen the suspect should contact the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office via Central Dispatch at 616-527-0400, or their local police department.

Assisting in this case are the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the Portland Police Department, and the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office.

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