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Posted: 07/09/14

Michael Salami

Washington man charged
with July 3 bank robbery

Observer Staff Writer
      A Washington Township man has been arraigned after he allegedly robbed a bank in Mount Clemens.
       The Macomb County Sheriff's Office reports that Michael Salami, 18, was arraigned via video on July 7 at the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township on one charge of bank robbery.
       Salami entered a not-guilty plea to the felony charge. His next court date is July 21 in front of Judge Sebastian Lucido.
       The sheriff's office reports that Salami entered the Talmer Bank and Trust on N. Main Street around 4:09 p.m. on July 3. He walked up to the teller and handed him a note announcing a robbery and that he had a gun.
       The teller placed an undisclosed amount of money onto the counter and the suspect grabbed the money before running from the bank. Reports state no gun was seen.
       Employees provided a description of Salami to deputies, who was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, black basketball-type shorts and distinctive black and orange shoes.
       Deputies reviewed footage from the bank's video surveillance system as well as from cameras located throughout Mount Clemens that are monitored and recorded. Upon reviewing the footage, deputies determined Salami immediately went to the Victory Inn on North River Road in Mount Clemens.
       Deputies arrived at the hotel and spotted Salami as he drove through the parking lot behind the wheel of a blue sport-utility vehicle. Deputies stopped him and arrested him.
       While making the arrest, deputies were approached by the owner of a nearby car dealership. The owner said the dealership just sold the man a Mercury Mountaineer a few minutes earlier with a cash transaction. Deputies believe the money from the bank robbery was used to purchase the vehicle.
       The vehicle was impounded and Salami was brought to the sheriff's office on charges of bank robbery.
       Other deputies and detectives were able to confirm that Salami was renting a room at the Victory Inn. After procuring a search warrant, a subsequent search of the hotel room resulted in the recovery of more of the stolen money.
       On July 4, Salami was given an interim bond hearing and a $100,000 cash-or-surety bond was imposed.
       On Monday, Salami was formally video-arraigned and given a $100,000 cash or surety bond. He remains in the Macomb County Jail.

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