Police apprehend bank robbery suspect

By: April Lehmbeck | Grosse Pointe Times | Published March 5, 2015

 Daryl Brice Atchison

Daryl Brice Atchison


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — A Grosse Pointe Farms resident faces a bank robbery charge after he was apprehended following a collaborative law enforcement investigation. 

That investigation involved the community, as well.

According to a Grosse Pointe Woods press release, “Through evidence collected at the crime scene and from numerous tips called in to the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department and Crime Stoppers, investigators were able to establish the identity of the robber.”

Farms resident Daryl Brice Atchison, 46, was arrested after the Michigan State Police Forensic Laboratory in Sterling Heights confirmed his identity. Through the investigation, the Michigan State Police Fugitive Task Force discovered that Atchison was in a home in Detroit. Officers allegedly found Atchison hiding in the attic and made the arrest on Feb. 24, according to police information.

The bank robbery took place at about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 when a robber entered Charter One Bank, 19307 Mack, handed a teller a note, and then left with an unknown amount of cash.

The suspect walked to a vehicle parked outside the bank and fled in that vehicle, according to police information.

Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court Judge Theodore Metry set bond at $10,000 cash or surety during Atchison’s arraignment Feb. 25.

Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Director Bruce Smith commended the work from all the departments and agencies involved.

The work started with Grosse Pointe Woods officers on the scene collecting evidence and investigating, and continued through the work of other agencies leading to the arrest.

Smith said that the media sharing the photo and information on television and in newspapers helped generate tips about the suspect.

“The cooperation that we got from the state police was awesome,” Smith said. “Our guys did a great job, too. It’s everybody’s effort together that makes a difference.”

Atchison’s attorney listed in court records, Randall Upshaw, could not be reached by press time.

Atchison was set to appear in Municipal Court on March 4, after press time, for his next hearing.