William S. White Building Attempted Robbery Suspect Taken into Custody

UM-Flint Department of Public Safety

Bella Biafore, Writer

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The suspect involved in the assault and attempted unarmed robbery on Monday, Sep. 9 in the William S. White Building parking lot, was taken into custody on Monday, Sep. 30. This is according to an email sent out by UM-Flint’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), which was sent on the same day.

Identified by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect, Elemaniel Marcos Cancel, was “ … brought into custody by DPS shortly after 9 a.m.,” according to the aforementioned email.

With no known affiliations to UM-Flint, Cancel, a 35-year-old homeless male, has been charged with ‘assault with intent to rob while unarmed.’ He is scheduled for a Probable Cause Conference on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at the 67th District Court in downtown Flint. 

“[Cancel’s] potential sentence would be 15 years in prison and that could be enhanced under Michigan’s Habitual Offender Statute. He does have a criminal history [which] could put him into prison up to life if he gets maxed out,” said Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Potbury. 

If you or someone you know needs to call for help on campus, DPS can be contacted at (810) 762-3333 or dial 911 if it’s an emergency.