Bank robbery suspect arrested after police chase

By: Andy Kozlowski, Brian Louwers | C&G Newspapers | Published December 6, 2018

MADISON HEIGHTS/WARREN — A 40-year-old Warren man accused of two robberies in Madison Heights was arrested in Detroit following a car chase that began in Warren on Thanksgiving Day.

The suspect — who will likely face felony charges in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties — had not been arraigned at press time.

The alleged crimes began around noon on Nov. 17, when Madison Heights police responded to a bank robbery at the Chemical Bank located at 1800 E. 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights.  

Police believe the same suspect struck again a few days later, at around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21, this time robbing the Chase Bank located at 29200 N. Campbell Road in Madison Heights.

In both cases, the suspect passed a note to the teller and received an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing on foot. In the second incident, the suspect was chased by witnesses into the parking lot and was observed entering a vehicle that took off before police arrived.

According to Warren Police Detective Sgt. Rob Eidt, police found the suspect at around 2:50 p.m. Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day, while his department was assisting Madison Heights police on a search warrant at a house on Cadillac Avenue.

“While they were getting ready (to search the house), the suspect vehicle came by,” Eidt said. “They went and tried to stop it. It took off, basically went south on Hoover down to Eight Mile … and then once the chase left our city, we waited until another jurisdiction was able to take over, and then we backed out of it,” Eidt said.

The suspect was arrested in Detroit later that day, apparently after an attempted carjacking near Wayne State University. Calls to Detroit police and Wayne State University police did not result in additional information by press time.

Madison Heights Police Lt. Michael Siladke said that the public is safer now that the suspect has been arrested.

“All of the incidents the suspect was involved in — including two bank robberies, fleeing and eluding police, and the carjacking — were dangerous situations created by the choices that the suspect made,” Siladke said. “From the detectives investigating the robberies to the officers involved during the fleeing and eluding and arrest of the suspect, all did a tremendous job while keeping the safety of the public, and their communities, as their priorities. The public should know that their communities are safer because of the diligence and professionalism of the involved police officers.”