The best thieves, spys, and assassins hide in plain sight. Then there is this waste of life. Word of advice, if you are 7’4″ and went to school with the store clerk, it is probably best that you don’t go into armed robbery as a career choice. Damon Matthews, did just that in Bangor County, Michigan.
At 3:01 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, Bay County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 3543 Old Kawkawlin Road for an armed robbery complaint. Bay County Central Dispatch advised the deputies the suspect was last seen fleeing on foot and had been wearing a black ski mask and an orange plaid sweatshirt.
A male clerk told deputies he was mopping the floors when the robber entered and brandished a knife, according to court records. The robber demanded cash, threatening to kill the clerk if he didn’t comply, he told the deputies, according to court records.
The clerk gave the man about $35 in cash and numerous packs of Newport cigarettes, all while the assailant continuously threatened to kill him, court records show. The clerk said he believed the suspect to be Damon J. Matthews, with whom he went to high school, court records show.
Despite the assistance of a Michigan State Police K-9, deputies did not locate the robber near the scene.
About two hours later, however, Matthews showed up at the Bay County Jail’s intake door, along with his older sister, court records show.
“My brother is here to turn himself in because he robbed the 7-Eleven store,” the sister told deputies, according to court records.
The sister told deputies she was at home when her brother arrived and offered her some cigarettes. When she asked how he acquired them, seeing as how he’s unemployed, he told her he robbed the 7-Eleven with a gun and shot at someone, court records show.
She told her brother he had to turn himself in as everyone would know it was him due to his size. He stands 7 feet 4 inches tall, according to court records.
Kudos to the sister. It must be hard to turn your own brother in.