Man arrested after botched robbery

ESCANABA — Local law enforcement agencies responded to a reported armed robbery attempt at the Hardee’s restaurant in Escanaba Tuesday morning.

At about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Delta County Central Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a male suspect had passed a note to a cashier at Hardee’s indicating an armed robbery. The suspect entered the restaurant’s bathroom and held up there until authorities arrived on the scene.

Units from Escanaba Public Safety, Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police — Gladstone Post arrived to establish a perimeter. Officers from Escanaba Public Safety entered the restaurant and were eventually able to talk the suspect into exiting the bathroom without incident.

The suspect was taken into custody, and was identified as a 59-year-old white male from Portage, Mich. The note used in the robbery attempt was recovered, but no firearms were found. Charges will be sought through the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for attempted armed robbery.

Escanaba Public Safety was assisted by Delta County Central Dispatch, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police — Gladstone Post and Rampart EMS.