Parolee arrested in Eastpointe bank robbery

By: Sara Kandel | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published March 27, 2013


A St. Clair Shores parolee was arrested following an Eastpointe bank robbery March 23.

Police said 45-year-old Paul Salamone is back in Macomb County Jail for violating the terms of his parole after he was arrested following a bank robbery that occurred at approximately 9:20 a.m. March 23 at TCF Bank in the 17000 block of Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe.

“The suspect walks into the bank Saturday morning and produces a note that says, ‘Give me your money. No dye pack,’” said Lt. Dave Ernatt of the Eastpointe Police Department. “They give him a couple hundred dollars, and then he left and they saw him get into a yellow taxi cab.”

Police located the taxi at Nine Mile and Gratiot just moments after the incident.

“Our guys saw the cab at a light, preparing to turn onto Gratiot, and boxed it in,” Ernatt said. “The suspect was found in the backseat with the money still on him.”

At the time of the incident, Salamone, a long-time Eastpointe resident currently listed as living in St. Clair Shores, was on parole for a 2010 unarmed robbery in Macomb County. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Salamone served time for failure to pay child support in 2006, unlawful use of a motor vehicle in 2004 and report of a false misdemeanor in 2004.

Salamone was with an unidentified female at the time of his arrest. Police said she was arrested on unrelated possession of drug paraphernalia charges, a local misdemeanor, for which the department does not release names.

“We have no indication that she was included in or even knew about the bank robbery,” Ernatt said. “She was waiting in the cab when he went into the bank, and it appears she was unaware of his intentions and what happened inside the bank.”

The cab driver told police that he had picked up both suspects at an address on Tacoma in Detroit and that Salamone had asked him to stop at the bank in Eastpointe before proceeding to another location.

Salamone is being held in Macomb County Jail pending a parole violation hearing.

“It’s not all that difficult of a case — he goes in, gets the money and leaves; they see him get into a yellow cab; the police are called; the yellow cab is spotted; they pull it over and find him with the money on him in the backseat of the cab,” Ernatt said. “It’s very open and shut.”

Salamone was arraigned in 38th District Court in Eastpointe March 25 in front of Judge Carl Gerds. He is charged with one count of bank robbery, a possible life felony. Bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety.

He is being held in Macomb County Jail pending a probation violation hearing. A pretrial conference is scheduled in 38th District Court at 8:30 a.m. April 2. Salamone said he is providing his own attorney, but no one was named in court records as of press time.