Trial set for robbery suspect

ESCANABA – A man accused of robbing a local gas station attendant at knifepoint last January is scheduled for a jury trial this summer, according to Delta County Circuit Court officials.

Marc Allen Grove, 19, of Escanaba, was arrested on Jan. 20 following investigation into a robbery at the Admiral gas station at 720 N. Lincoln Road. He remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $150,000 cash bond.

Masked and armed with a large hunting knife, Grove allegedly demanded money from a female clerk at 7:45 a.m. After receiving cash, he fled on foot. Escanaba Public Safety tracked him to a residence on the north side of town where he and two others were arrested.

Grove is charged with one count of armed robbery, which is a life felony. He is also charged with controlled substance – possession of the analogue Buprenorphine Hydrochloride, a two-year felony. He is scheduled to be tried in circuit court on June 25-27.

Co-defendant Courtney Marie Gartland, 21, of Escanaba, is charged with one count of making a false statement to police investigating a serious felony. The charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Gartland was lodged in jail and later released after posting a $10,000 surety bond. Her preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled in district court.

A third suspect was arrested at the residence but no charges have been authorized.