Trial date set for alleged bank robber

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published December 16, 2015

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DETROIT — A jury trial date of Feb. 2 has been set in U.S. District Court for the man who allegedly robbed a TCF Bank in Roseville Nov. 21.

Martell Poindexter, 27, of Detroit, is facing felony charges of bank robbery by force or violence and violent crime. He was arraigned Nov. 23 and had a preliminary exam Dec. 7, where Poindexter allegedly refused to sign the acknowledgement of a “not guilty” plea.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Gina Balaya said that since the case is still in the preliminary stages, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has nothing to say at this time.

“Mr. Poindexter was arraigned (on) the charges and remains in federal custody,” Balaya wrote in an email.

Poindexter’s court-appointed attorney, Lawrence Shulman, said in an email that he had no comment on the case. Prosecutor Douglas Salzenstein also declined to comment on the case.

According to an affidavit from a Roseville police detective, Poindexter allegedly entered the bank around 9:20 a.m. with what appeared to be a handgun in the waist of his pants, produced a note demanding money and displayed a weapon.

Poindexter is alleged to have left the bank with $530, a tracking device and a dye pack all contained in a duffel bag, which Poindexter allegedly had brought with him. There were no reported injuries.

The affidavit said that the Roseville Police Department, the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police were able to track down Poindexter around Interstate 94 and Harper Avenue, and a police officer spotted a vehicle being driven by someone — Poindexter — matching the robber’s description. The vehicle allegedly took off at high speed when an officer tried to make a traffic stop, and the vehicle eventually stopped near Bradford and McNichols in Detroit.

Poindexter then allegedly tried to escape on foot before slipping on snow, at which point he was apprehended. Police also found a bag allegedly dropped by Poindexter containing the money as well as the clothes from the robbery.

The Macomb County FBI Gang and Violent Crime Task Force is the lead investigating group.

Poindexter also had outstanding warrants for failure to appear in Detroit and Madison Heights, and contempt of court warrants in St. Clair Shores and Livonia.