Armed robbery suspect overdoses after crime


An armed robbery suspect overdosed just hours after the crime, which led police to his arrest on November 7.

According to Frederick Police, Michael Fink, 36, faces four charges in connection to the robbery, including second degree assault.

Police responded to the Motel Six along West Patrick Street at about 12:30 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery.

The victim, who says he woke up to find Fink robbing him with a box-cutter knife before escaping, identified Fink by name to police.

Police say the victim and Fink had met each other earlier that day, and were sharing a room.

A short time later, police assisted in the overdose of a man on the 300 block of North Market Street, only to find that it was Fink.

“One of our patrol officers contacted us because he had heard the suspect’s name over the police radio and he happened to be there at the scene of the overdose. So he recognized, and put two-and-two together,” explained Joseph Palkovic with the Frederick Police Department.

Police add that evidence from the crime was found on Fink and also that the victim identified him during a show up. 

“It’s rare that we have something like this happen where the suspect is located pretty close proximity to where the crime occurred and because of a medical issue,” said Palkovic.

After arrest, Fink was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and then processed at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

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