Bank robbery suspects had 1-year-old in car, police say

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Two men suspected in a broad daylight bank robbery in Royal Oak last week were arraigned and given the chance to bond out of custody over the weekend, the city announced.

At 11:50 a.m. on July 14, a man entered the Community Choice Credit Union on the 1700 block of Crooks, and handed the teller a note demanding money, which the teller complied with. The suspect left with the money, got into the getaway car his alleged accomplice was driving, and they fled.

But the men were being watched. According to a statement from the city, “a witness observed the suspect run from the bank to the suspect vehicle, called 911, and provided responding officers with the direction of travel and the vehicle information.” Which is to say, the suspects were tailed for the duration of their getaway attempt.

It didn’t take long for officers to find the vehicle stopped in the road on East 12 Mile at North Altadena.

The passenger had already left the vehicle and ran into the Red Run Golf Course, while the driver was arrested without incident.

The driver had a 1-year-old child in the backseat; the kid was taken into protective custody. Then the search was on for the second suspect. Police set up a perimeter at the golf course and spotted the suspect near its service entrance. The man fled but was soon caught.

Suspects Delavonta Larry and Raymon Mattison were arraigned on Saturday by Circuit Court Magistrate Judith Holtz. Both were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank robbery and one count of bank robbery.

The baby is Larry’s child, said Lt. David Clemens of the Royal Oak Police Department.

Larry was given a $100,000/10 percent bond. Mattison was given a $250,000 bond, but not of the 10 percent variety.

Both charges carry the possibility of life in prison.