Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office

2 Men Charged In Costco Jewelry Heist That Led To Manhunt

January 11, 2019 - 10:55 pm

NOVI, Mich. (WWJ) -- A pair of men were arraigned in 52-1 District Court Friday for an armed robbery of a Costco earlier this week that led police on a manhunt.

The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office says Jajuan Profit and Raphael Simmons are both facing multiple charges after they carried out an armed jewelry smash-and-grab at the Costco in Commerce Township Monday night near M-5 and 14 Mile Road.

Investigators said the two men from Detroit used an ax and sledgehammer to break into a display case, and ordered employees not to move. They then allegedly removed jewelry from the case, hopped into a car, and fled the scene.

West Bloomfield Township police officers located the suspect vehicle, which was determined to have been stolen out of Wayne County, and attempted to make a traffic stop. 

Jajuan Profit (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

During the ensuing chase, which involved West Bloomfield police and multiple OCOS units, the suspects drove through muddy residential backyards before crashing their getaway car into a home near 14 Mile and Maple roads. 

"It hit (the house), but then it was still able to keep going until it hit a tree, and that's when it really put an end to that car moving," Oakland County Sherrif Mike Bouchard told WWJ earlier this week.

No residents were hurt during the incident.

"Thankfully it was in a spot where it didn't put anybody at risk," the sheriff said. 

One suspect quickly was taken into custody while the other got away on foot. 

The neighborhood was placed on lockdown during the search for one of the suspects that fled on foot, with authorities telling residents to remain inside their homes with their doors locked, and ordered extra patrols through the night. 

A short time later, the sheriffs' office says the suspect was spotted by officers assigned to the perimeter and another foot pursuit ensued -- but he got away again. 

Raphael Simmons (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

An extensive search involving several area police departments, a police task force, an OCOS helicopter and K9 teams eventually ended with the second suspect's arrest by undercover officers in the area of Inkster and Maple roads.

Profit, 18, is charged with one count of Flee and Elude, one count of Resisting and Obstructing and one count of Armed Robbery. He was given a $500,000 cash bond, no 10 percent.

Simmons, 17, is charged with one count of Resisting and Obstructing and one count of Armed Robbery. He received a $350,00 cash/surety bond.

Both subjects were arraigned before Magistrate Richardson at the 52-1 District Court in Novi on Friday. Officials say neither suspect has a prior criminal history.