Suspect in southwestern Michigan armed robberies charged with more than a dozen felonies

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

A Niles, Mich., man accused in several armed robberies in Berrien County was arraigned on more than a dozen felonies on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Ralph Fink II, 39, is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny in a building, assaulting or resisting or obstructing a police officer and felony possession of a firearm, according to our reporting partners ABC 57. Some of the charges have multiple counts.

Fink was also charged with violent offense-fourth felony, also called “VO-4,” a charge that carries a minimum of 25 years in prison, according to Leader Publications.

 

He was arrested Tuesday night, Oct. 20, after an undercover cop saw him attempt to rob at the Sunrise-Sunset Liqour Store in Howard Township, Mich., ABC 57 reported.

Police believe Fink’s girlfriend April Dawson, 30, of Berrien Springs was his getaway driver, Leader Publications reported.

She was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and one count of armed robbery.

Fink is being held on $300,000 bond and Dawson is being held on $100,000 bond at the Cass County Jail. Their next court hearing is set for Oct. 29.