Additional details have been released in the Highland bank robbery case. 22-year-old Ramsey Z. Fakhouri and 18-year-old Alexander P. Gerth, both of Troy, Michigan, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday with alleged bank robbery.
Documents filed with the court allege that on February 14 the defendants robbed the Bradford National Bank in Highland of $25,780, which they obtained by force, violence, and intimidation from a bank employee as the bank employee was re-stocking the bank’s ATM machine.
The bank robbery statute carries maximum possible penalties of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and three years supervised release.
According to the U.S. State’s Attorney office, Gerth allegedly approached a branch manager with a handgun and ordered she surrender the money. After she handed over the cash, Gerth allegedly joined Fakhouri in a blue Ford Mustang, and Fakhouri drove them both away from the scene.
A portion of the stolen cash was used to purchase four guns at a sporting goods store. The State’s Attorney said they are now in the process of getting refunds for those and other purchases.
The Highland Police Department reports that Fakhouri and Gerth were found to be acting in cooperation with each other and with no internal involvement from the bank or bank employees and notes that bank employees were key to bringing the suspects to justice, aiding tremendously in the investigation.