Brighton man arraigned on charges of bank robbery and assault

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Robert Joseph Markus

Robert Joseph Markus, 37, of Brighton, was arraigned Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, on one count of felony bank robbery, and one count of felonious assault, after two incidents that began with a robbery at the TCF Bank at 3857 E. Grand River Ave. in Genoa Township at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019.

A white male entered the bank wearing blue coveralls, a black hood and black ski mask. He approached multiple bank tellers and advised them that it was a robbery. Witnesses said the suspect implied he had a weapon, but no weapon was shown. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money toward the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot.

Witnesses provided a description of a while Ford F-150 pickup as possibly being involved.

Deputies then provided a description of the suspect and the possible vehicle involved.

At approximately 9:23 a.m., deputies located a vehicle matching the description on Highland Road near Michigan Avenue. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle, and the suspect was taken into custody for further investigation after it was determined that he matched the description provided.

At approximately 9:14 a.m., it was reported that the suspect had also been at the Lake Trust Credit Union at 1700 W. Highland Road in Howell Township. He was wearing the same clothing, but upon entering the bank was told by an employee to remove his mask and hood. The suspect fled the bank without completing the attempted robbery.

Markus remains lodged in the Livingston County Jail on $300,000 cash or surety bond.

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