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Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 9:35 a.m.

Police release pictures of man robbing Ann Arbor bank with semiautomatic handgun

By John Counts


Police are looking for this man in connection with Thursday's bank robbery in Ann Arbor.

Courtesy of AAPD

Police released images Thursday from the surveillance camera at an Ann Arbor bank that was robbed Wednesday afternoon.

The pictures show a man pulling his shirt over his face at a bank counter while gripping a handgun.

Police say he entered the Fifth Third Bank, at 2090 W. Stadium Blvd. on Ann Arbor's west side, with the weapon at 3:52 p.m. The man demanded large bills from the two bank tellers on duty, Ann Arbor police said in a release.

"The suspect then fled on foot to a vehicle parked nearby at the Grotto parking lot, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd.," the release said.


Police believe the suspect made his getaway in this white truck.

Courtesy of AAPD

The man was described as white, approximately 35-40 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 260 pounds and wearing a camouflage baseball cap and a black hoodie. The man reportedly drove away in a white crew cab pickup truck.

He is considered armed and dangerous, according to a poster issued by Ann Arbor police.

Anyone with information should contact Det. Kolpacki at (734) 794-6930, ext. 49316, Det. Foster, ext. 49330, the Tip Line at (734) 794-6939 or e-mail

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Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:59 a.m.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 10:58 a.m. This is the same guy from last year! He is caught and you will see him after he's charge sometime this morning.


Sun, Jul 28, 2013 : 12:42 p.m.

His name is Jim Brackenbury just google the name and you can read about his firearm case last year when they had a manhunt on him up in Kalkaska county (Michigan)


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

A guy goes into a bank and threatens the life of the occupants, then steals money. posters are more concerned about the language used to describe the gun used. People are so used to portraying themselves as victims that they have to ignore real victims and find something to whine about. That is sad.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:23 p.m.

If only he wasn't in that black hoodie .... Um....maybe he would have been caught by now or something?

Sam S Smith

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:37 p.m.

Is it me or is there an increase in bank robberies in this area? But then again, what can we expect when the city of Ann Arbor keeps telling us that we don't need any more police because crime is down.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:35 p.m.

Well, they've yet to round up the perps in the big national 2008 wholesale bank robberies, so keep your fingers crossed on this local retail ripoff.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 4:37 a.m.

They caught the Guy on Sunday. It didn't take 5 years, thankfully @ Nick.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 7:17 p.m.

75% of bank robberies are solved, most within 24 hours, according to the FBI. All are Federal Crimes and carry no statute of limitations.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 3:43 a.m.

Enhance the photo please. Zoom in on that license plate and enhance. Let's enhance the robber photo and get the brand name on that jacket. Zoom in and enhance, please. Like on TV.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:08 a.m.

If they had a better camera, we could see what kind of semi-automatic handgun it was.

The Stallion

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 12:11 a.m.

Glad to hear it wasn't a fully automatic or level action handgun...

Cornelius Nestor

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 11:51 p.m.

That pickup seems to be one of those ungainly Dodges they built thirty years ago: the sort that looked as though it had been designed by a government committee (the kind that buys "public art" such as the Hurinal) and built of out of two sedans and a trailer. It's hard to imagine there could be more than nine of them on the road anymore.


Sun, Jul 28, 2013 : 1:02 p.m.

Actually its a GMC w/ Arizona tag but he lives in northern Michigan his name is Jim. Google Kalkaska man hunt and you can read about his firearm case from last year. Look at his mug shot under images from last year its definitely him. (Brackenbury)


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 10:55 p.m.

How do we know it's not full automatic?


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

Oh, they require a special license. Surely a bank robber wouldn't want to run afoul of that.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 11:30 p.m.

Don't, but there are not many fully auto handguns made and they require a special license. The odds are infinitesimally small. Besides what would the point be? I have to believe you are an antigun person just looking to make trouble.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

When was the last time a thief used a single-shot handgun? Man, those were the days.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

Actually, from the photo, it looks more like an air gun (CO2 powered) or pellet gun, possibly even a soft pellet or spud gun (a device that shoots small pieces of potatoes). Which further makes the point... calling it semiautomatic is speculation.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 8:24 p.m.

The guy looks to be in his 50's to me. I agree, someone who knew this guy could finger him...if they would...


Sun, Jul 28, 2013 : 1:27 p.m.

He's 42


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 7:09 p.m.

I'm sure he had to do something desperate to pay for the gas for that behemouth!

Linda Peck

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 7:01 p.m.

Someone will recognize him most likely from these two pictures. I hope that person(s) will call in and report his identity.

Honest Abe

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:55 p.m.

This guy will be collared. Too sloppy.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:45 p.m.

I heard once that although it is not widely told, the capture and prosecution rate for armed bank robbery is pretty low, it is a crime that frequently goes unpunished. This guy was probably behind on his truck payments.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 6:58 a.m.

Sparty - some bank robbiries are prosecuted at the state level....that's a fact.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 3:01 a.m.

Go: check your facts: all bank robberies are Federal Crimes with no statute of limitations.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 10:15 p.m.

Bank robbers could be tried at either the federal or state level. There are certain factors that are considered when the decision is made to prosecute from the state or federal level.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 8:21 p.m.

The latest FBI reports say that 75% of Bank Robberies are apprehended, many within 24 hours, and reiterate that all Bank Robberies are Federal Crimes regardless of the amount stolen, and that there is no statute of limitations.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

"Overall, 60 percent of bank robberies are solved and about half are solved within 30 days."

Mao Zhuxi

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

Anyone else notice that the perp is exercising proper handgun discipline (finger off trigger, extended inline with slide, help close to body, and gun pointed down and slightly away from target)? Wonder if he had formal training (e.g. military or CPL)? Not your usual "gang banger" stance.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:56 p.m.

Yeah, gotta watch out for those 40 year old white gang bangers that get away in an extended cab pick up truck...they are everywhere in A2!


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:53 p.m.

I am sure you are correct, everyone gets proper "handgun discipline" from the 15 minutes where students in a CPL class actually touch a fire arm.

Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

I haven't read the comments on this story, but I will put money down on a half-a-dozen people swooping down to take issue with the description of the weapon used.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 8:53 p.m.

@Jaime...I don't consider my weapon as a fetish...strictly for self I do have a small problem with new shoes...and with spiked heels can cause as much damage as a gun...just saying

Usual Suspect

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

It's almost as bad as a commenting-on-the-commenters fetish.

Jaime Magiera

Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 5:14 a.m.

Usual Suspect, I always feel good about myself. My comment was pointing out that, predictably, the weapons fetishists will come out in droves in an attempt to desensitize others to the effect that guns have in our society.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 3:07 a.m.

Or the black hoodie ?

Usual Suspect

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

Jaime, you can feel so good about yourself now!


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:19 p.m.

For good reason.

Jaime Magiera

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:38 p.m.

and I was right! :)


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

I hope he's caught before he uses that gun to hurt someone.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 12:23 p.m.

k12, all I was saying was I hope he doesn't escalate to using the gun. My comment was in no way meant to be a gun issue. If he had brandished a knife I would have said the same thing. Calm down.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:22 p.m.

He did not threaten the bank employees with his truck or bags of money. I guess the employees probably overreacted and gave him money even though the handgun was not being used to rob the bank.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:07 p.m.

You're certain, if not caught, that handgun WILL be used to harm someone? Why not the truck used in the robbery? Why not the money he stole waded into the bottom of a sock and swung about in a dangerous manner?


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:37 p.m.

Why the importance of noting that it was a "semiautomatic handgun"? If it is a pistol, it is either semiautomatic, break-top, or revolver. A break-top is usually small and ineffective and unlikely to be used (think derringer). So he used a handgun. If we're going to get so specific as to semiautomatic, was it a single-action or was is double-action only? What? You don't know for certain? Hmmm, but you ARE certain the pistol in his hand is semiautomatic? How, did you watch it in action? What if it is a magazine fed single shot handgun? (note that single shot and semiautomatic are mutually exclusive), you have jumped to a conclusion here, all you really know is that it is a black handgun.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

a description of any observed weapon is one of the standard police questions asked of crime victims been there, done that


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 7:09 p.m.

@HarryHenderson - the "rant" was against inaccurate, knee-jerk journalism. This is an example of yellow journalism at its best, and its not even for circulation (you know, how newspapers used to make money - increase circulation).


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 7:03 p.m.

@Bear - take a look at the Beretta 92FS DAO (that means Double Action Only). There are dozens of them.

Cory C

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:35 p.m.

At least they didn't call it a "Semiautomatic Assault Handgun". I feel the title was fair as far as guns go, although mentioning the gun was a sensationalist move. "Police release pictures of bank robber" would have worked just as well, without getting the gun people up in arms.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:19 p.m.

Heavens! Let's not besmirch the reputation of semiautomatic handguns.

Usual Suspect

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 5:37 p.m.

NSider, at least they didn't call it an "assault weapon." Although, they probably would have if it had been a long gun.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:27 p.m.

Revolvers are single action or double action. Semi-autos use the energy of one shot to reload the chamber for the next, usually by recoil operation, blowback, or gas operation. Most semi-autos are magazine fed.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

I was thinking the same is anti gun.It sounds better to them


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

he has to be one of the dumbest criminals lol


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 7:11 p.m.

Let's all try to keep up the highest standards in this readers' forum and reserve the LOLs for texting our friends and for other, less erudite, social media. Thank you.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:19 p.m.

"Police released images FRIDAY from the surveillance camera at an Ann Arbor bank that was robbed THURSDAY AFTERNOON." Does not compute since it's Thursday morning


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

You and me both John!

John Counts

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 4:05 p.m.

I guess I was really hoping today was Friday and yesterday was Thursday. The story has been corrected, as Cindy indicated, but I still wish it was Friday.

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

Hmm, the date reference was corrected. Thank you.

Homeland Conspiracy

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 2:41 p.m.

When are banks going to use some HD cams...or do they cost to much. I've seen better quality from throw away cameras


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 9:57 p.m.

Cory C - you are factually incorrect, banks are self insured for losses from the teller drawers. FDIC insurance does not cover these yes of losses nor do bank have insurance policies or riders to cover a bank robbery.

Cory C

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 6:34 p.m.

There's a cost/benefit ratio you have to consider though. Banks have insurance. The insurance companies have incentives. So just by having cameras, no matter the quality, banks get a rebate on insurance. The bank doesn't care about actually catching the robber, because they get their money back from the insurance companies anyway. The Insurance companies aren't going to send someone around checking the video quality of all the banks they insure, because bank robberies are rare. The bank lost what? $2k maybe? Vs $45k a year to send someone around checking cameras. It's just not worth it. And because no one actually cares about the video, banks get the cheapest cameras they can. Usually no better than a 10-year-old webcam (640x480 resolution). Why? Because these cameras cost about $10 a pop. Money saved by the bank on camera cost. Money saved on insurance premiums. Very low chance of ever actually needing the footage. Wins all around. Except society. Because the robbers go free.


Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:43 p.m.

Ack Kyle, I meant to up vote you and thank you for the info, but hit the thumbs down instead :( I'm sorry, it was quite unintentional!

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

Homeland I think the recent break-in at a restaurant in Chelsea answers your question. Most businesses have HD video cameras, but zooming in so far and getting a screenshot of that video will always create questionable quality unless you have numerous cameras placed so there is no shot longer than a few feet. Even then, without manual control of the cameras it would be difficult to get the 'perfect' image of a moving suspect. One thing you may notice is that banks will often have better images as there are strict requirement that mandate camera placement, quality, focal range, etc.

John of Saline

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 2:38 p.m.

Those pictures are good enough that they might get some clues.

Ricardo Queso

Thu, Jul 25, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

He wore a hoodie. Note to self, eliminate hoodies from the wardrobe.


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 7:22 p.m.

But aren't hoodies portrayed as the "uniform of the criminal 'thug' now ? That's what I've heard and seen on tv and on postings, etc. Supposedly only criminal thugs wear them, they say ?


Fri, Jul 26, 2013 : 2:16 p.m.

How about shoes? Underwear? Socks?