Suspect sought in bank robbery on Detroit’s west side

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The man seemed like other customers waiting in line at the bank on Detroit’s west side.

Surveillance footage showed him standing quietly at the counter, gazing down at his cellphone while two patrons stood nearby.

But city police said he was there for a different transaction. They accuse the man of robbing the bank and are now seeking tips from the public.

Investigators say he claimed to be armed when passing a note to the cashier demanding money at about 3:35 p.m. Friday.

“The clerk complied with the suspect’s request, and he escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency,” police said in a statement.

The suspect is described as an African-American man in his 50s, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, with a mustache, medium complexion and braided salt-and-pepper hair.

In the brief video clip authorities released Monday, he was seen wearing glasses, a blue shirt and gray pants.

Anyone who recognizes him or has information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-5240. Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.