Warren bank robber used tape to hide fingerprints

The Detroit News

Warren — A suspected bank robber used tape to conceal his fingerprints during an attempted bank heist Monday afternoon, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Henry Houston Mann, 43, was injured during the robbery attempt after he was shot by a customer carrying a concealed weapon. He has since been charged with using and carrying a firearm in commission of a crime of violence.

The incident happened at 4:03 p.m. at the Citizen’s Bank on Timken near Van Dyke, according to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI.

According to the complaint, Mann entered the bank and asked a female bank employee how to set up a direct deposit account.

The employee asked the suspect to take a seat so she could send a banker to assist him. As she was turning around, Mann pulled out a semi-automatic gun and pointed it at her and a customer near the teller counter, demanding he put his hands up and go behind the counter, the complaint says.

The suspect grabbed the customer’s neck and pushed him after the customer said he couldn’t go behind the counter.

The suspect grabbed a plastic bag and told the employees to give him “all the (expletive) money” with no dye packs, threatening to hurt them if they didn’t comply. The employees grabbed money from three teller drawers and placed it in the bag, according to the complaint.

Then, as Mann was exiting the bank, a 63-year-old male customer armed with a semi-automatic handgun fired several shots, wounding the suspect. Mann dropped the money and his weapon.

The customer, who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, shot the suspect in both arms and one leg, injuring him.

“That caused him to drop the money,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said Monday. “Police were able to retrieve it.”

Mann was taken to St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit for treatment. He was still in serious condition Tuesday after undergoing surgery.

According to authorities, Mann was convicted in 1989 of second-degree murder and assault. He was discharged from parole in 2012.

There were three tellers in the bank at the time of the incident, Fouts said. No one else was harmed.