Kalamazoo man enters plea to retail fraud charge

DELTA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - A Kalamazoo man arrested for retail fraud is set to be sentenced in February.

Charles Perkins IV, 27, pleaded guilty November 16 to first degree retail fraud.

Perkins and 46-year-old David Brown also of Kalamazoo were arrested after Escanaba Public Safety officers were dispatched to Shopko to investigate a fraud complaint. The incident happened on November 4.

Upon arrival, an officer observed a vehicle in Shopko’s parking lot that matched the description given of the suspect’s vehicle.

The officer activated his emergency lights to make contact with the occupants. The vehicle immediately fled the scene and was pursued by officers into the commercial and residential areas between Shopko and Escanaba High School.

The vehicle then traveled northbound on North Lincoln Road reaching high rates of speed. The vehicle failed to stop for traffic signals throughout the pursuit.

As the pursuit continued north through Wells, requests were made to assisting agencies for the use of their stop sticks. Deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Gladstone Public Safety then set up stop sticks at two locations.

A deputy with the Sheriff’s Department successfully deployed stop sticks, deflating three of the tires on the suspect’s vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at the South Shill Road intersection.

The driver of the vehicle, Brown, will be scheduled for a pretrial or plea hearing in Delta County Circuit Court.

Perkins is set to be sentenced on February 4.

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