IR man due in court on robbery charge


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man has been charged with unarmed robbery following an incident in Caspian over the weekend.

Michael Dean Beauchamp, 22, faces one felony count of unarmed robbery and one felony count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. He is also listed as a habitual offender-fourth.

Beauchamp’s habitual offender status enhances the maximum penalty of the unarmed robbery charge to life in prison. Without the habitual offender status, the maximum penalty for the charge is 15 years in prison.

Beauchamp is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Iron County Trial Court on Feb. 11.

The charges against Beauchamp stem from a Jan. 27 incident in Caspian.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Beauchamp is accused of threatening a victim while in the process of stealing beer and cigarettes.

He is also accused of assaulting a deputy from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department.

The Iron County Sheriff’s Department was unable to release any additional information on the incident as of Tuesday morning.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections’ Offender Tracking Information System, Beauchamp is currently on parole.

He spent two and a half years in prison, from February 2010 to August 2012, for charges of breaking and entering and unlawful driving away of an automobile.

In that case, Beauchamp was accused of stealing a utility vehicle from the Resthaven Cemetery and a substantial amount of beer and cigarettes from the Wooden Nickel bar. Both are located in Iron River Township.

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