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Shirtless Man Displays Butcher Knife in Armed Robbery Attempt

A Royal Oak man is being held on $250,000 bond after he allegedly tried to rob a local gas station with a butcher knife. The charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Matthew Robert Bainter, 54, was arraigned on armed robbery charges Tuesday after he allegedly tried to hold up a Royal Oak gas station with a butcher knife. (Photo: Royal Oak Police)
Matthew Robert Bainter, 54, was arraigned on armed robbery charges Tuesday after he allegedly tried to hold up a Royal Oak gas station with a butcher knife. (Photo: Royal Oak Police)

A shirtless man armed with a butcher knife was apprehended without incident after he tried to rob a Royal Oak gas station Sunday afternoon.

The man, later identified as Matthew Robert Bainter, 54, entered the Speedway Gas Station, 1620 E. 12 Mile Road, at 3:21 p.m. and demanded cash as he produced a large kitchen-style butcher knife, Royal Oak Police said in a news release.

The suspect fled the store before obtaining any money and fled before obtaining any money or merchandise, and employees locked themselves in a back office and called 911.

A K-9 officer was deployed after the Royal Oak Police Department secured the perimeter of the area. Information received during the investigation led them to a  home in the 1700 block of N. Altadena and Bainter.

Bainter was arraigned on a charge of armed robbery, a felony that can carry a sentence of life in prison, Tuesday in 44th District Court in Royal Oak. Judge Derek Meineke set bond at $250,000.

Police said Bainter has two prior convictions on a felony charge of receiving and concealing stolen property, two counts of felony larceny in a building and a felony charge of use of a stolen financial transaction device.

Bainter’s next court date is July 11.


RON Ostrodamus July 01, 2014 at 11:02 PM
His court appointed attorney will no doubt have a good laugh coming up with a defense and will no doubt laugh all the way to the bank. With good behavior this sicko will probably be back on the street in five to ten.

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