An investigation into the armed robberies of two Berrien County convenience stores and a motorist came to an end recently when Nashville police made an arrest after chasing a man on foot for several city blocks.

Michael J. “Mike-Mike” Riggins, 22, of Nashville, is charged with three counts of armed robbery, according to Nashville police.

During the evening hours of Oct. 1, police said a man hitched a ride with a 22-year-old Nashville resident from the Flash Foods convenience store on South Davis Street in Nashville. As the motorist approached the Nashville Housing Authority residential area on Hull Avenue, the passenger robbed the driver before fleeing on foot, police said.

The next evening, just before closing, the Quick Mart convenience store on Old Coffee Road in Nashville was robbed at gunpoint, police said.

Nashville officers and detectives continued to examine evidence, conduct interviews and follow up on leads for both incidents, when a second convenience store robbery took place on Nov. 21. A gunman entered the Holiday Market on Tifton Highway in Nashville just before closing for the evening, police said.

By combining information obtained during the investigation of each incident, Nashville detectives obtained warrants for the arrest of Riggins, police said. However, since Riggins had no known long-term address, Nashville police had little success in attempting to locate and arrest him, authorities reported.

Nashville Assistant Police Chief Chuck Edwards said police got a break in the case on Dec. 7 when the Berrien County E911 Dispatch Center received an anonymous tip that Riggins was possibly hiding out in a Nashville Housing Authority residence on Joyce Avenue.

The information was immediately relayed to on-duty patrol supervisor Sgt. David Register who brought together several officers for assistance. Police received consent to check the residence at 412 Joyce Ave. As the search team, led by Chief of Police John Clayton, approached the area, a man fled on foot, police said.

Clayton called for the assistance of Berrien County sheriff’s deputies, and a perimeter was established over a large area pending the arrival of a Georgia Department of Corrections canine tracking team, police said. Moments before the canine team arrived, officers spotted the suspect and chased him.

The foot pursuit continued in and around several city blocks until Clayton spotted the suspect running through an open lot near the intersection of Hull Avenue and North Davis Street, said police. As Clayton closed in on him, the suspect continued his attempt to elude capture and had to be physically restrained by Nashville Sgt. Ronald Knowles and officer Lon Swiers.

Riggins was subsequently incarcerated in the Berrien County Jail and booked on multiple charges, including three counts of armed robbery.

Chief Detective Mike Pitts and Detectives Kevin Purvis and Donald Franklin assisted in the case.

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