Details released in Caspian robbery

CRYSTAL FALLS – Iron County Sheriff Mark Valesano has released additional information about an unarmed robbery that occurred Sunday in Caspian.

A suspect, 22-year-old Michael Dean Beauchamp of Iron River, has already been charged with felony counts of unarmed robbery and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Valesano said Wednesday that the incident occurred at 6:19 p.m. Sunday at the Citgo gas station in Caspian.

Deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report that Beauchamp had forcefully stolen beer and cigarettes from the clerk.

According to Valesano, Beauchamp was tackled and detained by two customers who were in the store at the time. They held him on the ground until an Iron River Police Department officer arrived and placed him in handcuffs.

Valesano added that an altercation ensued when a deputy arrived to help secure the scene.

Beauchamp was then taken into custody and lodged in the Iron County Jail. He remains in jail on a $20,000 cash bond.

A preliminary examination in Iron County Trial Court has been scheduled for Feb. 11.

Since Beauchamp is listed as a habitual offender-fourth, he could face a maximum penalty of life in prison for the unarmed robbery charge. The standard maximum penalty for unarmed robbery is 15 years in prison.

Beauchamp was on parole from the Michigan Department of Corrections at the time of the robbery.

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 breaking into the Resthaven Cemetery, where he stole a utility vehicle and damaged tombstones, and the Wooden Nickel bar, where he stole beer and cigarettes. The incidents occurred in Iron River Township in September 2009.

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