Police searching for serial bank robber

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Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Police Department
Police are asking for assistance in identifying this man, wanted in connection with three bank robberies in Dearborn and 10 others communities in southeast Michigan since March. A reward of $11,000 is being offered by Crime Stoppers of Michigan and local banks for the capture and conviction of the suspect. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information relating to the robberies is asked to contact the Dearborn Police Department tip line at 313-943-3012 or CSM at 800-SPEAK UP.

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Police Department is asking for help from the community in locating a suspect wanted for multiple bank robberies in the city and surrounding areas.

At a press conference at the Police Department July 29, Police Chief Ronald Haddad said police suspect that the man has struck 13 banks total, three in Dearborn, since March and police are still investigating the robberies.

“We’re throwing all of our resources into this investigation and working with our partners in other
police departments to bring this guy to justice,” Haddad said. “Somebody knows who this gentleman is and we’re asking the good citizens of southeast Michigan to take a good look and identify him.”

He also called the robberies “totally unacceptable” and said it is important to get the suspect into custody
The first robbery in Dearborn occurred May 31 at a Charter One bank branch at 23801 Michigan Ave.

In that incident a lone suspect entered the bank, approached a teller and implied that he was armed while demanding money.

The suspect was described as a black male of medium complexion in his 30s who was about 6 feet tall, with an average build and weighing around 180 pounds.

A suspect of similar description later robbed a Chase Bank branch, 7301 Wyoming Ave., and a Comerica Bank branch, 13335 Warren Ave., in the city on July 16 and July 20, respectively.

Crime Stoppers of Michigan Corrections Coordinator
Anthony Jones said that besides Dearborn, the suspect has struck banks in Dearborn Heights, Pleasant Ridge, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Berkeley, Center Line and Livonia.

Haddad also announced at the press conference that the reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect has been raised from $1,000 to $11,000 due to contributions from local banks.

“Our partners in banking are putting up an additional
$10,000 because of how important this case is,” Haddad said.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information relating to the robberies is asked to contact the DPD tip line at 313-943-3012 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK UP.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.
com.)

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