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September 12, 2012

Man charged with Flagstar bank robbery

By Robert Guttersohn
C & G Staff Writer

Frederick J. Huggins

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a 44-year-old township man with a bank robbery in Macomb Township.

Macomb County deputies arrested Frederick J. Huggins on Sept. 5 for the robbery after an anonymous caller provided a tip to his whereabouts, according to a press release from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office.

He is being charged with one felony count of bank robbery.

Huggins was arraigned Sept. 6 at 41-A District Court in Shelby Township and is being held on a $200,000 bond.

At about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Huggins allegedly entered the Flagstar Bank at 20355 Hall Road, walked to one of the tellers and passed the teller a note asking for money, authorities said.

The suspect’s note also indicated he was carrying a gun, but he never revealed the weapon to the teller.

Investigators are still not sure if he actually had a gun. “He only implied he had a weapon,” said Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

Authorities allege Huggins then fled the scene on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of money.

He was found in his home less than a mile away from the bank, Wickersham said.

Wickersham said there was no money or gun found inside the man’s home.

Huggins was still on probation after pleading guilty in 2011 to a botched 2010 bank robbery in Sterling Heights, according to Macomb County Circuit Court records.

In that robbery, he essentially carried out the same plan authorities allege he had done in Macomb.

He entered the bank, passed a note to the teller and fled the scene on his bicycle. Sterling Heights police caught Huggins minutes later after a brief foot chase.