Man arrested after NYE bank robbery in Rochester Hills

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 14, 2022

 Ali Hussein Farhat

Ali Hussein Farhat

Advertisement

A 33-year-old man from Garden City was arrested Jan. 11 for allegedly robbing a bank in Rochester Hills on New Year’s Eve.

Ali Hussein Farhat is being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond that 52-3 Division District Court Magistrate Marie Soma set during his Jan. 13 arraignment.

Deputies said a suspect entered a Chase bank in the 70 block of North Adams Road at around 4:47 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and reportedly gave a handwritten note to a teller “threatening that people would die unless the teller placed large bills into an envelope quickly without alerting anyone.” 

He implied he had a weapon, but one was never produced, according to reports.

The teller placed an undisclosed amount of money into an envelope and handed it to the suspect, who then fled on foot. He was dressed in black and wearing a Detroit Lions ball cap.

Detectives obtained surveillance videos from the bank and nearby businesses and linked a black 2009 Chevrolet Avalanche — which was being offered online for sale a few days after the robbery — to Farhat.

Detectives contacted the seller, went for a test drive in the vehicle, and were able to identify the seller, Farhat, as the suspect in the robbery and to link the vehicle to the robbery. 

During a search of the vehicle and Farhat’s home, deputies discovered a BB gun that authorities said looked like a real weapon.

Farhat was arrested Jan. 11 at a gas station in Garden City by members of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Fugitive Apprehension Team working with detectives and an auto theft unit. He was charged with armed robbery and bank robbery, which can each result in a penalty of up to life in prison.

“I am proud of our team and the work they did to track down this bank robber,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement. “I am sure it is a relief to those in the bank that day that were scared to death during the robbery. He is now off the street and will be held accountable.”

Farhat has prior convictions for driving while his license was suspended, second-degree retail fraud, operating a motor vehicle while impaired and third-degree retail fraud. 

Advertisement