Armed robbery suspect also charged in Muskegon County

A Holton man charged with the July 30 armed robbery of The Reef convenience store in Ferrysburg has also been charged with holding up the Kountry Korners store in Fruitport Township on the same day. Lt. Jim Christiansen of the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department said that John Lee DeJong, 50, was being transported to Muskegon for a line-up on Wednesday, when he asked to see the detective, then "confessed to doing it.' The man was arraigned the same day on charges of armed robbery and being an habitual offender, fourth offense, Christiansen said.
Becky Vargo
Aug 9, 2011


A hearing with an attorney is scheduled for Thursday morning. A preliminary exam has been scheduled for Aug. 17.

DeJong was taken back to the Ottawa County Jail, where he is being held on a $250,000 bond for charges of armed robbery and fleeing a police officer. He could also be charged with operating under the influence of drugs, according to Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Chief Roger DeYoung.

DeJong was arrested around 8:30 p.m. July 30 after leading police on a high-speed chase. He was alleged to have gone into The Reef, 17176 W. Spring Lake Road, about 8:15 p.m., and demanded money at gunpoint.

DeYoung said the man had used an Airsoft gun, which looks almost exactly like a real gun, only with a neon-orange band on it. In this case, the band had either been painted over or cut off, he said.

The man did not have a permit for carrying a concealed weapon, DeYoung said.

When DeJong left the store, employee Lisa Green and her mother, Suzi Carr, called police with a description and a license plate number. The man had backed his car into the parking lot, they said.

A Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police officer patrolling in the area took up chase. DeYoung said the man led police from three departments on a chase into Ferrysburg, then out Old Grand Haven Road to Hickory Street and west to the entrance of North Holiday Hills, before not being able to make a turn and crashing into a utility pole and plowing into a swamp.

The man fled on foot before being captured a couple hundred yards away, police said. He suffered minor injuries and was taken from the scene by ambulance.

A video from that scene may be viewed at


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