Armed suspect faces felony charges after leading police on high-speed chase

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A 20-year-old man is behind bars after he allegedly used a semi-automatic weapon to rob two businesses last Saturday, then attempted a dangerous escape from police -- winding through Southfield streets at over 100 miles per hour.

According to Southfield Police Chief Elvin Barren, the suspect -- Jamee Fahim Cole of Southfield -- entered a local Dunkin' Donuts on December 4, and made a purchase with $20 he stole from another business.

When the clerk opened the cash register, Cole is said to have pulled out a gun and demanded the $750 inside.

Cole then fled in a stolen vehicle, with Southfield Police in pursuit and Michigan State Police providing air support. Video footage shows that Cole eventually crashed and was arrested.

"By way of our Michigan State Police, we were able to apprehend this violent suspect, who, as you know, was driving at excessive amounts of speed, said Chief Barren. "We couldn't keep up, out of safety for the officer and for the community."

Chief Barren credits the dedication of Southfield PD's officers, the technology upgrades the department has made, and the assist from MSP with their ability to end the chase and capture Cole without any injuries.

Cole stands accused of two counts of armed robbery. He also faces felony firearm charges and one count of fleeing and eluding.

He is being held on $500,000 bond and is expected in court on December 30.

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