Farmington Hills police nab two in connection with hotel robberies

After an assist from Southfield Police and a brief car chase, Farmington Hills Police on Friday arrested two suspects in connection with this week’s armed robberies at Holiday Inn Express locations on Northwestern Highway and Haggerty Road.

Jamele Andre Atkins
Jamele Andre Atkins (submitted photo)

Jamele Andre Atkins, 31, of Lansing, and Marlena Benita Villanueva, 32, of Holt, were arraigned Friday in 47th District Court. Judge Marla Parker set a $500,000 cash or surety bond for Villanueva; Atkins will be held without bond.

Marlena Benita Villanueva
Marlena Benita Villanueva (submitted photo)

The department on Thursday asked for the public’s help in locating two suspects after an October 17 armed robbery at Holiday Inn Express, 32769 Northwestern Highway, and an October 19 armed robbery at Holiday Inn Express, 21100 Haggerty. The release included security camera images and descriptions of the suspects and a vehicle spotted in the area.

Holiday Inn Express armed robbery Farmington Hills
This vehicle was seen in the area of a Holiday Inn Express hotel armed robbery.

At around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Southfield Police officers noticed a vehicle matching that description in the area of Telegraph and Nine Mile Roads. The officers tried to stop the vehicle, which took off westbound and was stopped in Farmington Hills.

Atkins and Villanueva will appear in court again on November 1 for a preliminary exam.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Police Command Desk, 248-871-2610.