Flint police credit public tips for swift arrests

Flint Police Chief James Tolbert says public tips helped officers make recent arrests.

Flint's police chief is thanking the public for their help in solving recent violent crimes.

Chief James Tolbert said Wednesday public tips help speed up the work his officers and the Michigan State Police do every day.

In the most recent homicide that happened early Sunday morning, witnesses gave Michigan State Police troopers a vehicle description that helped them arrest the suspect within 20 minutes of receiving the initial call. He is charged with first-degree murder and home invasion.

Flint police also credited an anonymous tip for leading them to two suspects wanted in the assault of an MTA bus driver last week. One person was identified as the alleged attacker, the second reportedly recorded the assault. Police are still looking for a third suspect in the case and asking for the publicâ??s help in identifying him.

â??When we ask for these tips, this is exactly what we're asking for and that leads to some outstanding police work by the men and women of the Flint Police Department and the Michigan State Police,â?? Tolbert said Wednesday.

Police are asking for the public's help again, this time in helping them track down a parole absconder wanted on charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and felony firearm charges.

Police believe 22-year-old Amier Hill attacked and robbed someone January 23 on Raskob Street.

Flint police are asking anyone with information on Amier Hill's whereabouts to call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous.

You can always call Crime Stoppers too, at 1-800-SPEAK UP.