$20,000 reward offered for information regarding Warren bank robber who sprayed woman with gasoline

Man walked into bank with gauze taped to face to disguise appearance

By Koco McAboy - Reporter , Dane Sager Kelly

WARREN, Mich. - Police have released the surveillance footage of the bank robbery in Warren on Wednesday.

A bank teller was doused in gasoline during the robbery and was told that she would be set on fire if she didn't give the robber money. 

A $20,000 reward is being offered by Huntington Bank representatives for information leading to an arrest.

"It's deranged," Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said.

The man had medical gauze taped to his face to disguise his appearance and approached a bank manager and asked about opening a checking account.

The man then spoke briefly with a teller before pulling out a plastic spray bottle and squirting gasoline on her, telling the teller that she would be set on fire unless money was handed over.

"This is not your typical robbery," Dwyer said.

He pursued the woman around the bank, threatening her with a cigarette and a lighter, before she could lock herself in a bathroom. The manager filled a black duffel bag for the man, and he fled with about $4,000.

"It's a very disturbing one," Dwyer said. "That's why we want to get him arrested as soon as possible."

The bank robber was described as black, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and had gauze bandage on his face. He was wearing gray sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black down vest, a blue and gray baseball cap and a glove on his right hand.

The FBI is investigating alongside Warren police detectives.

The bank employee was treated by EMS at the scene and was not injured.

Watch surveillance footage from the robbery below.

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