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Troy police nab bank robbery suspect on foot before he boards bus

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 30, 2019

 Richard Philip Cushard

Richard Philip Cushard


Troy police apprehended a man suspected of robbing the Fifth Third Bank at 2282 W. Big Beaver Road at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 27 as the 53-year-old Pontiac  man walked down the street to catch a bus to flee the scene. 

According to a press release, after police were alerted to the bank robbery, an officer on patrol spotted a man matching the description of the suspect walking down the street and arrested him without incident. 

Police reportedly recovered the stolen money on the suspect, Richard Philip Cushard. 

Police said the man entered the bank wearing a hoodie with the hood up. He approached a teller, demanded money and told the teller he had a gun, police said. 

According to the press release, no gun was seen during the robbery, nor was one recovered by police. 

Cushard reportedly took a bus to the area near the bank and had planned to take the bus to flee.

He was charged with armed robbery and bank robbery. He was arraigned Dec. 29 in 52-4 District Court and was denied bond. 

He appeared in court without an attorney and requested a court-appointed attorney, which had not been appointed at press time. 

His probable cause hearing is set for Jan. 7. 

Call Staff Writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054.