Unmasked suspect stands in line to rob bank in Grosse Pointe Woods

Lauren Abdel-Razzaq
The Detroit News

A man suspected of robbing a Grosse Pointe Woods bank waited for customers to be served before he pulled down his ski mask, went up to a teller and announced the robbery, police say.

The robbery took place at the Charter One Bank at 19307 Mack Ave. around 11:26 a.m. Saturday. The suspect waited in line at the bank while other customers were helped before he approached, signaling he had a weapon.

“He had the ski mask on his head while he waited,” said Lt. John Kosanke of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department. “When it was finally his turn to go to the teller, he pulled down the mask.”

Although he indicated he had a weapon, none was seen, said Kosanke. Because he waited to pull the mask down, police have a clear photo of his face from the bank’s security systems, he said.

The suspect was handed an undisclosed amount of money and immediately fled the scene, taking off in an unknown direction.

Witnesses describe the suspect as a lone male between the ages of 55-65 years old, about 5-feet-8-inches tall and around 200 lbs.

He was wearing a light blue raggedy coat that hung long over the knees and blue jean shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety at (313) 343-2400 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


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