Suspected bank robber found walking on US-131, arrested

Allegan County
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MARTIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspect who authorities say robbed a bank in Plainwell was arrested after he was found walking on US-131 early Friday morning.

The Plainwell Department of Public Safety said the suspect, a 51-year-old Florida man, was found around 1 a.m. by Michigan State Police walking on US-131, south of M-222 near Martin.

The suspect is being lodged at the Allegan County Jail and will be facing federal charges.

Shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday, a man carrying a backpack entered the local PNC Bank branch. He went to the teller and handed her a note that police say read, “I have a bomb in the bag. Put all non-marked money in a bag.”

The teller did as she was told and the man left the building. When police arrived on scene, a backpack was found abandoned.

Downtown Plainwell was evacuated for most of Thursday morning as authorities searched for the suspect. Police had people leave nearby buildings and closed off streets for several blocks. The MSP Bomb Squad used a robot to determine the backpack was filled with nothing but old clothes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Plainwell Department of Public Safety at 269.685.9858 or Silent Observer at 800.554.3633.

>>Photos: Plainwell PNC Bank robbery

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