Bank suspect arrested, charged in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 14, 2019

 A man accused of robbing the Citizens Bank on Van Dyke Avenue in Warren Aug. 12 was taken into custody the next day.

A man accused of robbing the Citizens Bank on Van Dyke Avenue in Warren Aug. 12 was taken into custody the next day.

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WARREN — Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer is praising the resources of the city’s department, which combined to identify and take the man accused of robbing the Citizens Bank on Van Dyke Avenue in Warren Aug. 12 into custody the next day.

The suspect, who had not been arraigned at press time, was arrested at the Motor City Casino in Detroit on Aug. 13. Police later executed a search warrant at the man’s home on Collingham Drive, near Eight Mile and Schoenherr roads in the city of Detroit. He reportedly confessed to both the bank robbery in Warren, and a second robbery at a Comerica Bank branch near 10 Mile and Cooledge roads in the city of Oak Park, also on Aug. 12.

“Due to the outstanding work of our detectives, we were able to identify a suspect with prior federal convictions for bank robbery and weapons offenses within 30 hours,” Dwyer said in a statement.

A summary of the investigation included in a later release by the Warren Police Department indicated that the robbery in Warren occurred at 9:18 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Citizens Bank at 23521 Van Dyke. A review of surveillance video reportedly showed a man entering the bank and sitting in a chair. He reportedly inquired about opening an account. An employee was allegedly handed a prepared note announcing the robbery when she approached the man to assist him. The suspect allegedly followed the teller to the counter and left after securing $1,222 in cash. 

A review of surveillance video further revealed the man left the scene in a silver Cadillac DTS that was parked a block away.

Warren investigators reportedly later learned of the Oak Park robbery that occurred at about 3:15 p.m. the same day. The suspect in that incident matched the description of the suspect in the Warren bank robbery. The man also used a note, and left in what appeared to be the same suspect vehicle. 

Warren police later used “various law enforcement investigative resources” to identify the man and link him to the Cadillac. They also learned the man had prior federal convictions for bank robbery, weapons violations and other charges. He reportedly served 15 years in a federal prison. 

The Special Operations Unit of the Warren Police Department arrested him at the Motor City Casino. He had not been charged in Warren as of Aug. 14 and will reportedly be turned over to the FBI where he was expected to face federal charges. 

Call Staff Writer Brian Louwers at (586) 498-1089.

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