Suspect accused of spraying bank employee with gas arrested

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 9, 2018



WARREN — The man accused of dousing a bank employee with gas and threatening to “set her on fire” during a November robbery in Warren has been arrested and charged.

Dwayne Rodney Miller, of Roseville, was arrested by officers assigned to the Warren Police Department’s Special Ops unit on Jan. 8, the same day the department received confirmation of a match for his fingerprints, left on a note passed at the scene, from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

Miller allegedly robbed the Huntington Bank on 10 Mile Road, just west of Schoenherr Road, at 9:35 a.m. Nov. 15. He reportedly first asked to speak with a manager and then allegedly sprayed her with gasoline, passed a note demanding cash and threatened to set her on fire.

Warren Police Detective Cpl. Greg Booton, the officer in charge of the case, sought and followed up on tips from the public and later worked with the Michigan State Police lab to confirm Miller as the prime suspect. Confirmation of Miller’s fingerprints on the note given to the victim at the scene led to his arrest on Fern Street in Roseville later on Jan. 8. Police also reportedly recovered evidence linking Miller to the robbery during a search of his home.

Miller was charged with armed robbery and was arraigned before Judge Matthew Sabaugh in the 37th District Court Jan. 9. He requested a court-appointed attorney and remained jailed on a $2 million cash bond ahead of his next scheduled court date on Jan. 15, after press time.

“This was outstanding work by the responding officers and investigating detectives,” Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said. “The detectives diligently sifted through leads until they got their man.”