Bank robbery suspect held hostages before surrendering; 2 others in custody

A bank robbery and high-speed chase ended with a dramatic surrender Friday afternoon.

After holding two people inside a house hostage in a standoff according to police, the man surrendered peacefully in Clinton Township.

He was arrested along with two other people as FBI and police from several areas raced to what is known as a quiet neighborhood 

"Just a close knit neighborhood, usually pretty quiet around here, nothing usually goes on, said neighbor  Pat Militello. "A little scared when I look out and see six cop cars and guys running around with shot guns."

Three suspects who robbed a credit union in Marysville lead authorities on a high speed chase on I-94. But when their vehicle got a flat tire they got out at 16 Mile Road, the driver was arrested. 

But two other suspects jumped a fence and started running. 

"One suspect was arrested shortly thereafter by the sheriffs department and the lone suspect was running," said Fred Posavetz, Macomb Township police chief. 

he ran into a home on Union Lake Road where he took two homeowners hostage. 

"We entered into negotiations that broke off and continued for awhile," Posavetz said. "Eventually suspect ended up giving up to the police."

Officials say multiple agencies worked together responding to the incident and subsequent arrest.

The FBI is investigating whether the suspects are connecting to a string of bank robberies from across the area.

"It's nice to see when all law enforcement comes together," Posavetz said. "Working in unison to bring these kinds of crimes to a close."  

Police say the homeowners were shaken but were not injured in the incident. 

Their pastor, Ken Wise of Trinity Lutheran Church, rushed to the scene to check on his parishioners and said they are doing well.

 "They were calm, they just did a tremendous job in a difficult situation," Wise said.
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