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Subway armed robbery suspect arraigned on $950,000 bond

The Subway armed robbery suspect, Vincent Miguel Belmarez listens as he is charged with four counts involving armed robbery, felonious assault and firearms charges  before Judge Paul Chamberlain at the Isabella County Courthouse, 200 N. Main St., via video arraignment. (Brooke Mayle/Assistant Photo Editor)

The Subway armed robbery suspect, Vincent Miguel Belmarez listens as he is charged with four counts involving armed robbery, felonious assault and firearms charges before Judge Paul Chamberlain at the Isabella County Courthouse, 200 N. Main St., via video arraignment. (Brooke Mayle/Assistant Photo Editor)

The suspect arrested Wednesday in connection to the armed robbery at the 203 N. Mission St. Subway restaurant Sunday was arraigned Thursday before Judge Paul Chamberlain and had his bond set at $950,000.

Vincent Miguel Belmarez, 28, was charged with four counts involving armed robbery, felonious assault and firearms charges before Chamberlain at the Isabella County Courthouse, 200 N. Main St., via video arraignment.

“If you violate a condition on release, they will be revoked with new additions applied if you are found in contempt of this court,” Chamberlain said.

Some of the bond conditions of his release included no contact with the female employee he allegedly assaulted or the business by telephone or through a third party. Belmarez has also been prohibited from purchasing a firearm.

The four counts were set at $500,000, $200,000, $150,000 and $100,000, in that respective order, with a combination of 16 years in prison at minimum if convicted.

The counts ranged from carrying a fire arm at the time to commit a felony, assault with a dangerous weapon and owning a firearm while ineligible after a previous conviction.

Chamberlain said Belmarez was previously convicted for possession of marijuana, which made him ineligible to own a firearm at all.

Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Scully was present for the arraignment as Belmarez asked for counsel provided by the court. Belmarez said he could not afford his own attorney because he was laid off and had no source of income.

Chamberlain set the preliminary examination for 8:15 a.m. Feb. 28.

No further information has been released in regards to the motive or how Belmarez was discovered because it is still an ongoing investigation, said Mount Pleasant police Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson.

In a news release sent out by Mount Pleasant police, the other three armed robberies that took place in the city limits of Mount Pleasant are still under investigation. The first robbery that occurred at the Next Door Food Store, 2025 E. Remus Road, is under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

The release raised the possibility of additional charges to come after Thursday’s arraignment.

Belmarez has previously been charged in Isabella County with having an open intoxicant in 2009 and driving with a suspended license in December.

The Subway restaurant robbery occurred around 10:56 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Mission and Mosher streets.

As previously reported by CM Life, the suspect in the robbery was described as a Hispanic male wearing a blue hoodie ranging from 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall.

The suspect had a handgun and took an unknown amount of money from a female employee working the Subway restaurant alone.

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