Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended

MT. PLEASANT, MI – On March 28, 2021 at approximately 9:15 p.m. an armed robbery was reported at the NextDoor Food Store located at 1622 S. Mission Street. The suspect, wearing a wig at the time of the robbery, did produce a handgun and left on foot.

Officers from both the Mt. Pleasant Police and Central Michigan University Police Departments were in the vicinity when the call was dispatched and quickly located the suspect three blocks away. Officers placed the suspect into custody and recovered the gun which was plastic.

The suspect, who is a 33-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant, will be arraigned on Monday, March 29, 2021 in the Isabella County Court. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department and Central Dispatch.

UPDATE – Suspicious death investigation

On Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. a call involving an aggressive dog in a neighborhood located on Mt. Pleasant’s west side was dispatched. During the call the dog’s owner was found deceased in her home. The deceased female was identified as 24 year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, Bianca Nieto.

Nieto’s family was notified on Monday. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Nieto did not return phone calls or text messages from family members, and did not report to work.

There are no known health issues which would have contributed to Nieto’s death. The Michigan State Crime Lab was called in to assist due to the circumstances of the scene.

This is an open investigation pending the report from the medical examiner’s office. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives will be continuing the investigation and will provide updates as they become available.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and the MSP Crime Lab.

Mt. Pleasant Police investigating suspicious death – No risk to the public

Mt. Pleasant Police were dispatched to an animal control complaint at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019.  During this call it was discovered that a resident of the home was deceased.

Name and specific location information are being withheld until next of kin can be contacted. The Mt. Pleasant Police, along with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, are currently investigating. There is no risk to the public.

UPDATE: Empty Keg Party Store armed robbery

10/12/18 UPDATE:

On October 6, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Police received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at 122 E. Pickard Street in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

On October 7, 2018 a description and photo of the suspect, along with video surveillance footage was released to the media. The public responded with several tips of the suspect’s identity and the suspect was identified.

Mt. Pleasant Police Detectives quickly determined the suspect was no longer in the Mt. Pleasant area and have reached out for assistance from other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. On October 8, 2018 an arrest warrant was issued for Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. a 29-year old black male.  In addition to the warrant for armed robbery, Cole has eight other outstanding warrants.

Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. is described as 6’1”, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Cole has a tattoo of a “Lion Head” on his upper back, and “AHLISIANNA” tattooed on the left side of his chest.

The Mt. Pleasant Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. who resides in the Lansing area and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you know the whereabouts of Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. please DO NOT approach him, contact your local police department and Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000.

Video of the robbery and a current photograph of Rickery Cole Jr. can be viewed at


October 7, 2018 MEDIA RELEASE: 

Armed Robbery 122 E. Pickard St. (Empty Keg Party Store) 

MT PLEASANT, MI – On October 6, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Police received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at 122 E. Pickard Street in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant Police officers responded to the Empty Keg Party Store and secured the scene. Additional officers began a canvass of the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as a 5’8″ to 6′ male with dark complexion, wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, black basketball shorts, and tan shoes.

The suspect entered the store to inform the clerk of a disturbance outside.  The clerk exited the store with the suspect. The suspect then displayed a hand gun and ordered the clerk back into the store to retrieve money from the cash register.

Mt. Pleasant Police were unable to locate anyone in the area that matched the description of the suspect. Additional businesses in the area were contacted and made aware of the situation and were advised to contact Isabella County Central Dispatch if anyone matching the description came into their business.

Mt. Pleasant Police were assisted by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. The investigation remains ongoing by Mt. Pleasant Police detectives.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mt. Pleasant Police Department TIP line at (989)779-9111.

Visit City of Mt Pleasant Public Safety on Facebook to view a full HD video of the incident.


Mt. Pleasant police warn of money scam

On July 12, 2018, the Mount Pleasant Police Department was contacted by a citizen about a Mount Pleasant police detective’s name being used in a scam for money.

The scam uses a current Mount Pleasant detective’s name and credentials. This person has called potential victims and requested money after threatening to arrest or pursue criminal charges. The scam has been used throughout the state of Michigan.

The person impersonating a Mount Pleasant detective will avoid meeting in person and will request payment through “Green Dot” or some other form of untraceable fund transaction.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department will never ask for any payments by phone.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

If anyone receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a Mount Pleasant police detective or officer, please contact Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000 or 989-779-5100 during regular business hours to confirm the call is legitimate.

City police provide update regarding the suspicious situation in Island Park on Tuesday, June 26

On June 27, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department received information from a mother in Midland, Mich. claiming her son and his friends were responsible for the situation in Island Park on Tuesday evening that led to both parks being evacuated and searched by several area police departments.

The mother indicated her 16-year-old son was part of a club that was filming a role-playing scenario in Island Park just prior to Central Dispatch receiving a report that two male subjects were seen in the park covered in blood and carrying what appeared to be a long gun. She stated she got a call from her son indicating he was coming home from Mount Pleasant and not to be shocked when he got there because he was covered in “fake blood.”

She further explained the group had at least one “prop gun” they were using in the video, and said her son was wearing camouflage clothing.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department assures the community that there is no threat to the public following this incident. The situation has been investigated and determined to be a miscommunication from a “role-playing club” to the proper authorities.

Citizens are reminded to inform public safety officials of actions that may cause the general public concern.

Police investigate stabbing incident

On May 30, at approximately 4:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to Mill Pond Park located off Adams Street for a report of a stabbing.

Several people were in Mill Pond Park. An argument between two females started, which quickly turned into a fight. Because of this altercation, Baylee Evans, a 19-year-old Mt. Pleasant man, became engaged in a separate fight with a 17-year-old Rosebush man. The Rosebush man stood up and stated he was stabbed and was bleeding from his abdomen. Evans left the scene with one of the females.

Through the investigation, officers identified Evans as the suspect in the case and located him at a residence in Union Township. Evans was taken into custody without incident.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of multiple wounds. The victim was later transferred to another hospital for his injuries. The victim is currently in stable condition, still receiving treatment.

Evans was lodged at the Isabella County Jail. Evans remains in jail and was arraigned on charges of Assault with Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder; Carrying Concealed Weapon; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; and Simple Assault. Bond was set at $30,000/ten percent.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and Mobile Medical Response.

The knife used in the incident.