Authorities arrest masked man linked to armed robberies

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Authorities have arrested a Halloween-masked man identified as a “person of interest” in a recent crime spree in Madison Heights, Livonia, Brownstown Township and Ypsilanti.

Todd Raymond Keith

Todd Raymond Keith, 37, who is believed to have disguised himself in Halloween masks in at least six incidents, ended up in custody Friday night after a manhunt in Ohio, investigators said.

After a lengthy search in Brown County, officials from multiple law enforcement agencies tracked him to a barn on Stringtown Road in Aberdeen, where he was captured at 10:16 p.m., FBI officials in Cincinnati said.

He is expected to face a magistrate judge on Tuesday before being turned over to the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI said. It’s unclear when he will be returned to Michigan.

Keith’s arrest comes after the FBI offered a $1,500 reward earlier Friday for information leading to his arrest.

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Keith is charged with two counts of bank robbery after the Sept. 30 holdup at a Chase Bank in Ypsilanti and the Oct. 3 armed robbery at a Key Bank in that same city. Shots were fired in one of the incidents.

Keith also is a person of interest in other masked crimes this week, including a Brownstown Township Walgreen’s robbery on Tuesday, holdups at two Livonia hotels and a Madison Heights carjacking on Thursday.

The FBI believed Keith was on the run in the black Lexus stolen at gunpoint about 6 p.m. Thursday from a 44-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Sona Pharmacy, on Dequindre in Madison Heights. The victim said the gunman was wearing a mask that looked like a pumpkin, police said.

The Lexus had been spotted in Tiffin, Ohio.

Madison Heights police report separate incidents on Thursday involving armed suspects wearing a clown mask and a pumpkin mask.

Madison Heights police said the carjacking may have been linked to an armed robbery earlier Thursday at an Extended Stay Hotel on Stephenson in Madison Heights.

In that incident, a hotel clerk said a man wearing a clown mask and armed with a handgun demanded money from the cash register.

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