CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Just before 10 a.m. Friday employees at the Genisys Credit Union in Marysville hit the alarms after spotting men fitting the description of a robbery Jan. 20 in Port Huron Township.
They got some cash and hopped in a minivan, which they ditched for a white SUV.
A police chase down Interstate 94 ended with stop sticks at Metro Parkway, where two of the suspects ran into a neighborhood.
"They came across a couple yards, dumped the bag of money, a .22 caliber pistol was also found in the snow as well as a crowbar," said Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz.
Police caught one man but the other broke into a home and took an older couple hostage. After a short standoff, he gave up peacefully just before noon.
The couple is shaken up but OK, according to their pastor.
"They were calm. They just did a terrific job in a difficult situation. They're going to be fine," said Pastor ken Wise, of Trinity Lutheran Church.
As for the "safety-vest-hard-hat bandits," police are trying to connect them to that other robbery, and maybe others. The Clinton Township police chief put it well: He's relieved the suspects were caught and no one was hurt. That's a good day even though it's this cold.
Police found the first car which was ditched. However, when a deputy spotted a white SUV on I-94 he remembered in the bank robbery a month ago they also ditched a stolen car for a white SUV, so he tried pulling it over and the 15-mile chase began. Without his vigilance, these guys might be on the loose tonight.