Attempted robbery suspect arraigned in Roseville

By: Sara Kandel | Online Only | Published April 1, 2011

Tips quickly led to the arrest of a suspect March 29 after the media released news of an attempted robbery at an ATM in Roseville and a description of the man.

Michael Tomas Barbane, 27, was charged with assault with intent to rob while unarmed, a 15-year felony. He was arraigned in 39th District Court in front of Judge Catherine Steenland March 30.

The Roseville resident is accused of approaching a woman around 4 p.m. March 28 after she took cash out from an ATM at Charter One Bank at Frazho and Gratiot and demanding the money.

The customer said she was using the ATM when Barbane approached and stood behind her as if waiting to use the machine next. As she removed her money from the tray, he came closer and grabbed her from behind, police reported.

Barbane then allegedly pinned the victim’s arms to her sides and demanded the money she had just withdrawn. When she did not willingly hand over the money, a slight struggle ensued, catching the eye of another woman who was in the bank parking lot.

Together, the two women were able to chase off the would-be robber. Bank surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect on tape.

Bond was set at $75,000 cash surety, no 10 percent. Pending bond being posted, the suspect was being held in Macomb County Jail until an April 6 preliminary exam date.