Putnam Township supervisor candidate Shane Roscoe claimed he was innocent Saturday afternoon, hours after his release by Washtenaw County authorities who arrested him Thursday afternoon in connection with an attempted robbery and beating at an Ann Arbor-area auto dealership.
"I emphatically did not have anything to do with any robbery or assault," said Roscoe, 41, in a telephone interview.
"I'm assuming because of my old, old past, that I made a good suspect."
Roscoe said that as a young man, he was a "hoodlum" growing up in Detroit and served time in prison for stealing cars. He said he put those days behind him when he moved to Putnam Township 15 years ago.
"My past is my past. I came out here to start a new life with my family," said Roscoe, who is married with two daughters, ages 4 and 6, and a 15-year-old stepdaughter.
While Roscoe did compile a police record as a youth, state records show that as recently as four years ago, he was sentenced for felonious assault in Livingston County; and larceny of $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, and receiving and concealing stolen property in the same dollar range in Oakland County.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
From the Argus. This report tells more of Roscoe's side of the story.