MLive.com reports that a man has been captured in Muskegon County, Michigan in connection with multiple robberies, attempted robberies, a carjacking and police chase in the area.
Philip Charles Swift, 55, is a resident of Muskegon Heights and is being held on more than $200,000 bond after a string of alleged crimes. From November 27-29, he allegedly attempted to rob a Family Dollar store by demanding money from a 70-year-old clerk. He then pulled a BB gun on her and she repeatedly told him she was unable to open the cash drawer.
After fleeing the scene, Swift allegedly robbed a Dollar General store by pushing the clerk out of the way who was cashing out a customer and grabbing a handful of cash. The next evening, Swift is accused of pistol-whipping a woman and stealing her car and later beating another woman. He allegedly was riding as a passenger in the car with the two women prior to the crime occurring, say authorities.
Swift was later involved in a police chase after refusing to stop for an officer, and after he was caught resisted arrest, says MLive.com.
He currently has more than three felony convictions on his record and is being charged as a habitual offender. His past crimes include escaping from jail in 1990, escape from prison in 1999, unlawful driving in 2004, escape from jail in 2005, second degree home invasion in 2010, fleeing and eluding in 2005 and multiple counts of uttering and publishing from 1990-2002.
Swift’s most recent alleged crime spree has resulted in charges of assault with intent to rob while armed; unarmed robbery; second-degree fleeing and eluding; resisting and obstructing; and carjacking. Potential sentences are enhanced because of his habitual status and criminal history. The current charges he is facing carry a maximum penalty of 15 years to life in prison for each count.