Bank robbery suspect found, charged

Photo courtesy of the Taylor Police Department
Surveillance footage believed to show accused bank robber James Clayton Davis leaving Meijer generated tips that police followed to make an arrest two days after the robbery.

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TAYLOR — Pictures and surveillance video of a Novi man believed to have robbed a bank July 3 resulted in the tips needed for police to make an arrest two days later at a Melvindale motel.

James Clayton Davis, 32, was arraigned Monday in 23rd District Court on felony counts of armed robbery and bank robbery, and as a repeat offender, having twice been convicted of felonies.

Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said the public responded over the Fourth of July holiday after multiple media outlets made available security footage from outside the Chase bank in Meijer, 14640 Pardee Road.

“We received tips from the public following the broadcast of the surveillance video and were able to develop a suspect,” Sclabassi said.

According to police, Davis entered Meijer at 7:20 p.m. July 3, and soon showed a black handgun that had been in his waistband. Davis allegedly threatened the bank teller that he would start shooting people.

The teller responded per bank policy and Davis left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Images of Davis leaving the store were soon available on local media outlets. No one was injured during the robbery, Sclabassi said.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Monday in 23rd District Court. Davis was convicted in 2007 on weapons and armed robbery charges, and was released on parole in 2011. Davis remained in custody and bond was set at $750,000.

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