LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) - Authorities say they found out who robbed a Lowell bank after receiving a tip and finding money stained from a bank dye pack at his house.
A federal criminal complaint accuses Cody Reval Slaughter, 20, of robbing the Fifth Third Bank branch in the 11000 block of East Fulton Street just before 1 p.m. on Oct. 9.
The criminal complaint, written by an FBI agent, says the robber handed a bank teller note that read something like "This is a robbery, Give me all the money in 30 seconds or less, I have a gun, Do it and nobody will get hurt."
The teller gave the man the money from her top drawer, which included a dye pack.
The robber, who was caught on surveillance camera wearing a black Carhartt jacket and camouflage baseball hat, then took off.
Later that day, a hat like the one worn by the robber was found about 1/3 of a mile northwest of the bank.
Surveillance photos of the robber were released to the media, along with a request for tips.
On Oct. 11, the Kent County Sheriff's Department received a tip via phone that the robbery was Cody Slaughter, the complaint said.
The sheriff's department found Slaughter live about 2/3 of a mile northwest of the bank. The hat had been found in a yard that would have been along a direct route between the bank and Slaughter's house.
The sheriff's department executed a search warrant at Slaughter's house on Oct. 11. There, investigators found several items -- including a towel, a bath mat and Lysol cleaning wipes -- stained with dye from a bank dye back, the complaint said. They also found two dye-stained $1 bills in the washing machine.
On Oct. 10, a dye-stained and "tattered" $5 bill was recovered from among the sewage in the Lowell waste water treatment plant, according to the complaint. A plant official told investigators the sewage from which the bill had come was from the Lowell service grid, which would include Slaughter's house.
On Oct 14, according to the criminal complaint, Slaughter called a "close associate" from an Atlanta Greyhound bus station. He asked the friend to wire him $130 so he could get to Orlando, Fla.
He then admitted to robbing the bank, saying it was "stupid" and that he was sorry for doing it.
Slaughter is in federal custody and is being held at the Newaygo County Jail.
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