Bank robbing suspect waives prelim

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — A 24-year-old man who ironically allegedly demanded $20,000 when reportedly robbing the TCF Bank, remains jailed on the same amount after being bound over to circuit court for trial Monday after waiving his preliminary examination in 23rd District Court.

Jacob M. Duran was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court Monday following his preliminary exam in front of 23rd District Court Judge Joseph Slaven, in connection with the Oct. 25, bank robbery at TCF Bank, 22226 Ecorse Road. Duran was being referred to drug court in connection with cocaine charge in Lincoln Park in May.

Duran allegedly entered the bank and asked a teller about opening a new account. As the teller turned away to get him the information, Duran reportedly approached another teller and presented a note reading, “I have a gun give me $20,000 and I won’t hurt anybody.” He then fled the bank with cash.

Employees reported watching as the man took the money and fled the bank, and hearing the teller announce, “I was just robbed.”

The teller told police the suspect handed her the note, she gave him the money which he put into his coat, and said, “Thank you,” then left the bank.

Police Officers Joseph Tathvierge and Warren Tabrinker later found Duran inside Kroger, 7000 Monroe. When searching for a weapon, police recovered $4,316 in cash from Duran’s left front right pocket and $3,536 in cash from his right front pocket, which included $50 in marked money. Police also reportedly recovered a note in Duran’s pocket fitting the description of the one handed to the bank teller.

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