Pair jailed in comic store shooting; police withheld disclosure
Posted by The Grand Rapids Press May 07, 2008 09:54AM
Categories: Breaking News
KENTWOOD - Police have arrested two suspects in the shooting of comic book store owner David Pirkola last month, but did not disclose the information for more than a week.
James Muriel-Neal Thompson, 18, and Marvin Michael-Marquis Jones, 19, both of Grand Rapids, have been charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and assault with intent to murder.
Court documents show the pair was arrested the next day after a traffic stop by Grand Rapids police.
Pirkola, owner of Apparitions Comics and Books, 2757 Ridgemoor Drive SE, was shot after suspects entered his store April 25. He remained in critical condition today at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital..
The pair was arraigned April 28 in Kentwood District Court. Kentwood police said they did not release the names until media inquiries because they were searching for another suspect: Jevon Marquis Sawyer, 18.
"If release of the information does not conflict with our investigation we will release it, but it's our call," Police Chief Richard Mattice said this morning. "We won't release it if it conflicts."
He said investigators feared the third suspect would flee if the arrests were publicized, and those concerns outweighed any duty to inform the public of the case's status.
"We made several attempts that were fruitless to locate the individual and decided the information could be released," he said.