Sunday, September 7, 2008

Police nab robbery suspect

A 66-year-old Port Huron man police believe robbed a bank is in custody today.

Citizens First Bank on the corner of Military and Water streets was robbed shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

St. Clair County Central Dispatch was alerted by silent alarm, and dispatched the Port Huron Police Department about 3:08, Lt. Paul Reid said.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male in his 50s or 60s with balding white hair.

The man "implied he had a gun" during the robbery, Acting Captain James Jones said.

"There was an object demonstrated that the people inside believed ... to be a gun," he said.

The bank was closed and witnesses were interviewed after the incident.

Jones wouldn't disclose how much money the man stole.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

Reid said the man fled the bank in a City Cab. It was not immediately clear how police learned the man was in a cab.

Police contacted the cab company, which confirmed one of its drivers picked a man up in the area. The company contacted the driver, who said the passenger's description matched the description of the suspect, police said.

The company informed Port Huron police the cab was bound for Detroit. Port Huron police contacted the Detroit Police Department, which pulled the cab over and arrested the man about 4:15 p.m. near Seven Mile and Dequindre roads, police said.

Port Huron police retrieved the man from Detroit. He was held overnight for bank robbery at the St. Clair County jail.

He will be interviewed today, Reid said.

Although Reid said he wasn't certain, he believed this was the first bank robbery in the area since a string of four robberies from June 23 to July 19, 2006.

In that case, Djuvon Carter and Vincent Johnson of Detroit, both 16 during their November 2007 hearings, pled guilty to charges stemming from their involvement in the robberies.


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