Man held in southeast Mich. holdup spree
Detroit – A suspected serial robber believed to be responsible for 13 holdups or attempted holdups across southeast Michigan over the past month is in custody and expected to face multiple charges.
Montrea Diance Flack, 37, of Pontiac was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court. According to federal court affidavits, he is thought to have committed a Dec. 8 holdup of a Days Inn Hotel in Port Huron; two Waterford Township holdups – a Family Dollar on Dec. 9 and a Sunoco gas station on Dec. 12; a Pontiac laundromat on Dec. 18; a Dollar General in Waterford on Dec. 20; a Little Caesar’s pizzeria in Auburn Hills on Dec. 23; a Pontiac Subway on Dec. 23; an attempted robbery at a Pontiac Thrifty Florist on Dec. 24; a Dollar General in Auburn Hills on Dec. 25; Rochester Hills Subway on Jan. 6; and a Family Dollar store in Pontiac on Jan. 11.
On Jan. 14, Flack allegedly stole about $8,000 in jewelry from the Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights – where he was spotted by members of the FBI Oakland County Gang & Violent Crime Task Force – and allegedly pawned the jewelry in Madison Heights.
On Jan. 18, authorities believe he stole $150 from a Meijier in Auburn Hills, according to court records, and was arrested in Waterford Township on Jan. 19 when he admitted to all the holdups and said he was using a pellet gun.
Flack, who is being held without bond pending an initial appearance Feb. 6, told officers where he had discarded the pellet gun, gloves and mask near a Waterford school. All were recovered.
This investigation was led by the FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force in coordination with police departments in Port Huron, Auburn Hills, Waterford Township, Sterling Heights, and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.