Man arrested in chase may be Marysville bank robbery suspect, police say

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Police arrested a man who led them on a chase in Port Huron on Thursday, and they are investigating whether he is a possible suspect in a Marysville bank robbery. 

Police are asking for help to identify a man who robbed a Chemical Bank branch Wednesday in Marysville.

A robbery at about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chemical Bank branch at 2015 Gratiot near Michigan Avenue in Marysville, according to the Marysville Department of Public Safety. Marysville is located about five miles southwest of Port Huron.

Police said a man with a gray beard and mustache entered the bank and demanded money. He fled on foot east with an undetermined amount of cash.

Officers tracked the man with a canine unit to the parking lot of a nearby McDonald's.

At about noon Thursday, Port Huron police stopped a Ford pickup they believe the bank robbery suspect was riding in. When officers removed the driver, the passenger "slid over to the driver's side and led officers on a high speed pursuit through the city streets," police said in a statement.

After the suspect drove into incoming traffic with a "reckless disregard for public safety," officers stopped the pursuit, according to the release. 

Three hours later, with help from Michigan State Police and other agencies, Port Huron officers found the man in Detroit and arrested him. 

The first driver who left the truck was questioned and released.

Other details about the man who led the chase were not released Thursday.

"The Major Crimes Unit is investigating his potential link to the Marysville bank robbery," Port Huron police said.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call the Marysville Department of Public Safety at (810) 364-6300 or Port Huron Police at (810) 984-5383.

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