Mid-Michigan native arrested for hotel robberies in Texas

(Source: San Antonio PD)

A Mid-Michigan man is behind bars in Texas, accused in a string of robberies ending in a high-speed chase.

Police in San Antonio say 21-year-old Zachary Kentish and an accomplice robbed three hotels in less than three hours on May 15.

Kentish is a graduate of Linden High School.

Police spotted the pair and gave chase, but the suspect vehicle turned around and slammed into two patrol vehicles. The officers suffered minor injuries.

"In all of the robberies the male and female displayed a weapon and demanded money. In the final robbery, officers responding to the area spotted the vehicle because a good vehicle description was given over the air. The officer initiated a traffic stop to try to stop the suspects," said Jennifer Rodriguez, with San Antonio police.

The suspects are facing aggravated robbery and several other felony charges.

"We hear he was an excellent football player and that no one expected he would do such a thing. It's been kind of a shock to many people. We were very surprised to hear," said Sarah Lord, resident.

Lord said Kentish was a friend of a friend. While she didn't know him personally, she had only heard good things about him until now.

"They said he was a normal kid that did good in school," Lord said.

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