On Monday, August 4, 2014, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Lake Havasu City police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred at the Circle K store at 1791 Kiowa Avenue after a white male entered the convenience store brandishing a handgun and demanded money from the store employees. The male suspect left the store and was seen getting in to the passenger side of a white colored 4-door sedan. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau were called-out to investigate the crime.
At approximately 1:39 p.m., police dispatch received information from a concerned citizen that they had overheard two male subjects talking about a gun, outside their apartment complex, in the 400 block of Hummingbird Drive and also saw one of the male subjects holding a blue colored sweatshirt, wearing black shorts, and possibly holding a black ski mask.
A soft lockdown was initiated at the Lake Havasu High School while officers and detectives responded to the Hummingbird address. Officers contacted 28-year old Michael Ruane and arrested him for an outstanding warrant. During the investigation clothing matching the robbery suspect’s clothing was located in a nearby dumpster. Black shoes matching the robbery suspect’s shoes were also located outside of 23-year old Stephen Labs’ residence, next door to the apartment complex. Both Ruane and Labs were interviewed by detectives and each admitted involvement in the early morning robbery. Ruane is believed to be the masked man that entered the store brandishing the handgun.
The resident of the apartment where Ruane was recently staying allowed officers to search it and a handgun was located. The white colored car was later located at an apartment complex on Anacapa Drive and towed to the police department and secured pending a search warrant.
Michael Ruane was charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and misconduct involving a weapon. Stephen Labs was charged with armed robbery. At their initial appearances, Ruane received a $1,000,000.00 bond and Labs received a $500,000.00 bond. Both were transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.