A Battle Creek man and a Lansing man are in police custody following an armed robbery at a cash advance business in Battle Creek Tuesday.

On Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm, Battle Creek Police responded to the Check N Go at 5420 Beckley Rd for a report of an armed robbery. It was reported that a man pointed a hand gun at an employee and demanded money. He left through the back of the store with an undisclosed amount of money and was seen on surveillance video getting into a truck behind the business. No one was injured in the robbery.

This robbery and suspect matched two others in Battle Creek: Approved Cash at 1180 W. Columbia on 9/30/19 and Cash Advance at 590 W. Columbia on 5/23/19. A warrant was issued for the 5/23 robbery and the 9/30 robbery is still under investigation. It is believed all three were committed by the same suspect as Tuesday night's. Additionally, BCPD Detectives have been working with Lansing Police on four robberies in the Lansing area in the same time frame that also appear to have been committed by the same man and targeted check cashing businesses.

The suspect in Tuesday night’s robbery is 29 year old James Honeysucker from Lansing. Detectives were able to track him to a bus station in Chicago where Chicago Police were able to take him into custody without incident on this robbery and on a warrant from the 5/23 robbery. They recovered a hand gun and a large amount of cash on him. Honeysucker was lodged at a local Chicago jail on BCPD’s robbery warrant and held on the robbery Tuesday.

During the investigation, a BCPD Detective found the getaway truck at an address in the Post Addition, just into Emmett Township. While watching the house, the driver left and was arrested without incident. A large amount of cash was found on him and more was found in his house. The driver, Wilnell Henry, a 46 year old man from Battle Creek was cooperating with investigators and was lodged on armed robbery charges. He was arraigned Wednesday in Calhoun County District Court on charges of armed robbery and given a $150,000 bond.

BCPD Detectives are working with the Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office, Chicago Police and Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office on extradition for James Honeysucker.

Battle Creek police call the investigation a team effort between local patrol officers and detectives while working with Chicago Police. Police also credit the citizens that helped call in the robbery and provide information on the suspect and vehicle as being crucial in the quick apprehension of these men.

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