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Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011 : 5:43 p.m.

Man charged in Ann Arbor area bank robberies has been awaiting trial on a burglary charge

By Lee Higgins

A man recently charged with robbing two Ann Arbor area banks in 2009 and suspected of robbing two others, including one last month, has been awaiting trial on a burglary charge, court records show.

Michael Jerome Henry, 20, was extradited from Louisiana to Michigan in January to face a charge of second-degree home invasion in connection with the May 15 burglary of a home on Metroview Court in Ann Arbor.


This surveillance camera image shows two masked suspects robbing a Bank of America branch in Ann Arbor in 2009. Michael Jerome Henry has been indicted for that heist.

On Feb. 11, two days after Judge Charles Pope found during a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence for Henry to stand trial in that case, Henry paid $500 to get out of jail, records show. He had been arraigned on the charge on Jan. 26 in front of Magistrate Camille Horne, who set bond at $5,000 with the right to post 10 percent.

Washtenaw County court records do not indicate that Henry has an adult criminal record in the county. He has several juvenile convictions, court records show, but details were not available.

On March 5, roughly three weeks after posting bond, Henry is suspected of robbing a TCF Bank branch on Packard Road in Ypsilanti Township, capping off a string of "violent take-over style robberies" in the county since 2009, federal court records show.


Michael Jerome Henry

FBI agents arrested Henry on March 26. On Tuesday, he was indicted on two counts each of bank robbery and using a firearm during a federal crime of violence. The charges are in connection with the Sept. 22, 2009, robbery of a Chase Bank on East Huron River Drive in Superior Township and a Nov. 5, 2009, robbery of a Bank of America branch on East Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor. Henry, also known as "Bookie," is suspected of being involved in another robbery at the same Bank of America branch on Oct. 21 of last year, when shots were fired, records say.

In total, roughly $44,000 was taken during the bank robberies. Investigators continue to work to identify at least two other people involved, court records show. FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold, a bureau spokeswoman in Detroit, declined to comment today, citing the ongoing investigation.

County court records show Henry grew up in south Ann Arbor and recently worked at a beauty supply company in Ypsilanti Township, making $250 weekly after taxes. He is being held without bond.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at


A2 is a Utopia

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 1:28 p.m.

because my last comment was deleted. I will simply say I agree with Cash.


Fri, Apr 22, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

Working in Ypsi Twp. at a beauty supply shop? Probably lived close to work?

A2 is a Utopia

Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Correct me if I am wrong. The crime of home invasion was severe enough in the eyes of the law for Henry to be extradited to Michigan from Louisiana but not severe enough in the eyes of magistrate Magistrate Camille Horne to set an appropriate bond, like no bond? Then when Henry is out he is suspected of robbing four banks, $5000 10% is such a joke and a slap in the face of the people (us) whom Horne should be protecting. When you want to voice your opinion about police officers not enforcing the laws (gun laws) just think about every time you read articles like this one about violent people like Henry getting plea deals or low bond. Police officers are not setting the bond or padding their stats by working out plea deals. When will the judges and prosecutors be held accountable for their lack of simple judgment? Henry's actions are the fault of Horne's lack of judgment and she should be ashamed of her self for setting such a joke of a bond.


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Exactly. These bank robberies would have never occurred if a high bond had been set. Magistrate Camille Horne's lack of good judment are to blame.


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 11:24 a.m.

"Man charged in Ann Arbor area bank robberies has been awaiting trial on a burglary charge" headline. Why doesn't that headline read ANN ARBOR man charged.....? "County court records show Henry grew up in south Ann Arbor and recently worked at a beauty supply company in Ypsilanti Township, making $250 weekly after taxes. He is being held without bond." That's laughable. Other media reports clearly reported he is from Ann Arbor. Come one Just once in a while can we just say a suspect is from Ann Arbor.....without having to say he worked somewhere else? So humorous. You quickly tout the new prison chief as being a UM grad in headlines. Why not headline this article with "Ann Arbor man arrest on suspicion of bank robbery"?


Fri, Apr 22, 2011 : 5:13 p.m.

A little touchy are we? Probably living in Ypsi or Ypsi Twp. at the time of the crime.


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 12:43 a.m.

I'm sure he is just misunderstood.


Thu, Apr 21, 2011 : 12:36 a.m.

wow... how many people right now, in this economy, would love to have his steady net pay!?! ...sooo, extradition for a home evasion and than bonded and than they realized he was the armed robber? don't get time line, but, very glad he has been caught


Wed, Apr 20, 2011 : 10:18 p.m.

It was Magistrate Camille Horne that authorize release the defendant on bond by posting $500.00 in cash.Why would a magistrate do so when the charge was burglary, which is a menace to the safety of the general public? Horne's background is primarily non-criminal. She worked as an appeals specialist with the silk-stocking Bloomfield Hills law firm Plunkett Cooney - which represents large corporations as their chief clientele. I do not know why she handling criminal arraignments with her skimpy criminal law background. Camille Horne should be replaced as magistrate or at least relieved of her criminal duties for this injudicious release of a dangerous defendant so he could victimize others while on bail.


Wed, Apr 20, 2011 : 10:15 p.m.

So I guess we wait for the trial as well. After a long and on going investigation, we want to get it right!


Wed, Apr 20, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

Nice job on the $500 bond, judge! At least he picked the right banks to rob. They just robbed us to the tune of about $200 billion each. That's about all we can hope for.