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Authorities have formally charged a man with robbing a Warren bank in November by dousing a teller with gasoline.

Dwayne Rodney Miller, 20, was arraigned on armed robbery charges earlier this week, according to Warren Police. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

A judge set his bond at $2 million and scheduled his next court appearance for Jan. 25.

Police said before 10 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2017, a man wearing gauze on his face entered the Huntington Bank branch on 10 Mile near Schoenherr and told an employee he wanted to open a checking account.

He was directed to a clerk at the front counter, officials said. 

The suspect sprayed the female bank employee with a liquid believed to have been gasoline that he was carrying in a water bottle, they said.

He then threatened to set her on fire if she didn't give him all of the cash she had in her bank drawer, according to police.

She ran away from the teller's window and locked herself in a nearby room, they said. However, the bank's manager complied with the suspect's demands.

Police used canine units to track the suspect, but were unable to locate him and he escaped with more than $8,000. 

Investigators recovered a jacket and a black duffle bag believed to have been used by the suspect at a nearby shuttered gas station, officials said.

They said they received numerous tips, including one that identified the suspect as Miller. The Michigan State Police Crime Lab was also able to identify Miller through fingerprints the suspect left on a note used in the robbery, according to authorities.

On Monday, Warren Police officers located Miller at a residence on Fern Street near 10 Mile and Gratiot Avenue in Roseville, officials said. Investigators executed a search warrant of the home and found additional evidence linking him to the robbery, police said.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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