2012 Bank Robbery Suspect Arraigned

Frank Rossi Jr.

Frank Rossi Jr.

The suspect in the 2012 Bank of America robbery in East China Township was arraigned yesterday morning in Marine City’s 72nd District Court.  According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, 50 year Frank Rossi Jr. of East China Township was charged with one count of bank robbery before Judge John Monaghan.  Sheriff’s Office Corrections Transfer Deputy Jerry Pawelski was transporting Rossi to the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center on a separate charge.  When he saw Rossi, he immediately believed he was the same person that was shown in a surveillance photo as the suspect in the bank robbery.  That information was turned over to Detective Stacy Tunich, who continued the investigation.  After numerous hours of follow-up work on the case, a warrant was signed for Rossi’s arrest.  “I am proud of the efforts of first, Deputy Pawelski, who made a keen observation, and then Detective Tunich, who followed the lead until an arrest was made,” said Sheriff Donnellon.  “We are pleased to be able to take another felon off the streets of our community.”  The incident began November 17th, 2012, shortly before noon, when a white man wearing a stocking cap, dark sunglasses and a two tone coat approached a teller in the Bank of America branch shortly before noon.  The suspect, now identified as Rossi, handed a teller a note, demanding money.  Once the money was turned over, he fled on foot.  Rossi is being held on a $50-thousand bond at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center.  His next court date is scheduled for April 2, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Monaghan.  Rossi also faces charges in two separate incidents.  He is charged with forgery in a case in St. Clair County and unarmed robbery of a Meijer store in Chesterfield Township in Macomb County.

 

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