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Posted on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 12:11 p.m.

Police search for man charged in Ann Arbor bank robbery

By Lee Higgins

Ann Arbor police are searching for a man accused of robbing a PNC Bank branch Monday on Washtenaw Avenue.


Andre Keith Woodson

Andre Keith Woodson, 24, was charged today with bank robbery and armed robbery, Det. Bill Stanford said.

Woodson is accused of walking into the bank at 3252 Washtenaw Ave., at 9:56 a.m., implying he had a weapon and passing a note to a teller, demanding money. Ann Arbor police officers spotted him in Detroit on Tuesday, but were not able to apprehend him, Stanford said.

Woodson is described as black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 190 pounds. Anyone with information can call Stanford at (734) 794-6930, ext. 49318 or (734) 323-2628.

Stanford said police have no reason to believe the robbery is related to another bank robbery that occurred about 20 minutes later at a Bank of America branch in Ypsilanti Township.

Police have offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.



Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 11 p.m.

What does PNC stand for?


Sun, Aug 21, 2011 : 4:42 a.m.

Pittsburgh National Corporation was established as the Pittsburgh Trust and Savings Company in 1852, making it the oldest bank in Pittsburgh. Within months, the company moved its offices to Wood Street, one door from the corner of Fifth Avenue, and in 1858 it acquired the corner lot. The company has been doing business at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Wood Street ever since. The bank was the first to apply for a charter under the National Banking Act of 1863, and soon became the First National Bank of Pittsburgh. In 1946, the bank joined with Peoples-Pittsburgh Trust Company to form Peoples First National Bank and Trust Company. And in 1959, Fidelity Trust Company merged with Peoples First, which, in turn, merged with First National. A new bank was born - Pittsburgh National Bank - with a new symbol that expressed the industrial and commercial strength of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle. Provident National Corporation dates back to the mid-19th century. One of its predecessors, Provident Life and Trust Company, was established in 1865 by Quakers as an insurance company and became known informally as &quot;the Quaker bank.&quot; In 1922, the Provident Life and Trust Company split into two independent entities: Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company and Provident Trust Company. In 1957, Provident Trust Company of Philadelphia and Provident Tradesmens Bank and Trust Company merged, creating Provident National Bank. New Opportunities In 1982, Pennsylvania changed its laws to allow statewide banking. Pittsburgh National and Provident National were the first two banks to act on the new legislation, and came together in 1983 in what was at the time the largest bank merger in U.S. history. Taking the shared initials of their holding companies, they created a new entity called PNC Financial Corp. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 12:19 a.m.

Perhaps the AA Police were asked to go to Detroit to identify him as a suspect they were looking for.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 11:18 p.m.

RS, You statement is incorrect. Once an arrest warrant is issued a law enforcement officer can make an arrest in any jurisdiction within Michigan. Also, if the feds wanted the case they would have taken it. It is very rare for bank robberies to be prosecuted by the feds. They typically only take over if the robbers have committed several robberies.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 7:25 p.m.

He looks like a nice young man, I think, it is wrong to post his name when nothing has been proven and he has not had a trial.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 2:56 a.m.

Seeing as how he lives in Detroit, I suspect he came to town for the art fair and just mixed up the day, or something like that.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 10:01 p.m.

He probably comes from a broken home and just wasn't given a fair chance in school and life, we need to be more understanding and get him some counseling. The greedy banks won't miss the money anyhow, right?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 6:51 p.m.

From an email from WCSD I received earlier today..... &quot;PNC Bank is offering a $25,000.00 REWARD for the arrest and conviction of the suspects involved in the bank robbery that occurred on 6/24/11, at Golfside and Clark in Ypsilanti Township. On 6/24/2011 at approximately 11:30 am, WCSO Deputies were dispatched to the PNC Bank located at Golfside and Clark in Ypsilanti Township for a Bank Robbery that had just taken place. It was reported that two suspects entered the bank and took an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured, and this investigation is ongoing If you have any information leading to the capture of those responsible for this crime there is a reward of $25,000. Contact Detective Sinks 734-973-4874.....&quot;


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 12:40 a.m.

$25,000!!!!! We are not getting the whole story if the reward is that high. Believe it or not, most bank robbery awards are only $1,000. When I read there was a $5,000 reward I thought that was high. At $5,000 I thought he either got away with a ton of cash or hurt someone.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 6:24 p.m.

Must have been missing prison life, he didn't make it 10 months on the outside. Is prison that nice?


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 2:54 a.m.

Wrong Andre Woodson. The one in OTIS is 44, and his middle name is Alexander. This one is 24 and doesn't appear to have ever been convicted of anything yet.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:13 p.m.

Cash, a really smart person never goes in....just saying.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 6:52 p.m.

Prison is hell. A smart guy goes in once and learn. Idiots think they won't get caught again.

Roy Munson

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 6:16 p.m.

A2 police needs to have a very visable presence that is a deterrent to people coming to town to cause trouble rather than looking at the &quot;beautiful&quot; art. Dearborn has been doing it for years along their borders. And when they question someone suspicious as heck who happens to be ok, so be it. Yes, there are criminals who live in Ann Arbor, but deny it all you want - this place is a dream destination for criminals to come do their thing.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 2:40 a.m.

Somehow that &quot;ridiculous history&quot; has resulted in the only suburb in that area that is inhabitable. So, I don't know what history you are referring to, maybe plowing the walks? They also don't worry about idling cars.

Original Ann Arborite

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

Like Dearborn? R u serious right now? Dearborn is like that because of their ridiculous history, read up on it, so whateverrrrr....


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 7:38 p.m.

Right on!! I was wondering when we'd find out this fellow was not from our fair city.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

I believe the above headline means: The police have identified the suspect, have already forwarded the information to the prosecutors office with the evidence, (probably his best friend turned him in for the reward. I would. I could use $5k right now) and the prosecutor authorized the charges.Therefore he has been charged and now it's a matter of finding him which is what the arrest warrant is for. Correct me if I am wrong.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:12 p.m.

&gt;&gt;Ann Arbor police officers spotted him in Detroit on Tuesday, but were not able to apprehend him Isn't the FBI supposed to investigate bank robberies. Since all the money in the bank is insured by the US gov't and the US gov't has to replace the stolen money, that makes a bank robbery a Federal issue. If this guy saw the A2 cops, I'm sure he's long gone now. BTW, what heck are Ann Arbor police doing in Detroit? They have no jurisdiction to arrest anybody in Detroit anyways. They couldn't have arrested him even if he walked right up to them. Sounds like all our small town cops are doing is complicating things for the Feds. Feds to A2 police - &quot;You guys go home and monitor the crosswalks and idling cars, leave the bank robberies to us.&quot;


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 5:10 a.m.

Sounds like a good plan RS.....hope it all works out and the Feds catch them. That's going to take a load off the minds of all the inexperienced local cops. Maybe they can get back to the donut shops and speeding tickets. I presume that's all you feel they are good at.....sorry I presumed, strike that last comment. Thanks though for admitting you were wrong.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 4:21 a.m.

@ Nephilim &quot;your locals solve pretty much all of the bank robberies w/o the assistance of the FBI&quot; Really? Not my locals. I find that a rather dubious claim in this discussion seeing as our locals haven't solved a thing. A2/Ypsi has had 8 bank robberies recently without a single arrest, all they've done is &quot;spot&quot; a suspect then let him get away. With bang up work like that, I now see why that law from the 1800's is still on the books. I may have been wrong about the jurisdiction, and I'm not trying to get into a flaming war, but I still think the feds should be handling this. This isn't a single random robbery but a 6 month epidemic of 8 bank robberies all located in approximately a 3 mi radius. With such a small area averaging more than 1 bank robbery a month and your locals making zero arrests, its time to escalate it to the next level where they have more training, experience and resources for handling these bigger investigations.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 1:50 a.m.

It is easier for the FBI to federally indict a bank robber or any multi-jurisdictional criminal one time on 3 or 5 or however many counts they committed rather than 3 or 5 or however many different agencies to prosecute at the state level. Theybwould eachnhave to have a seperate trial. Feds only have one. One of the very few times you'll find government runs in an efficient manner and saves you money.


Thu, Aug 18, 2011 : 12:33 a.m.

Nowayjose is correct about who the lead investigative team will be. The locals typically due most of the investgating But the FBI will take over depending on the nature of the robbery and/or how many times the suspect(s) are beleive to be involved with other robberies.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:28 p.m.

Oh rs you are soo wrong. You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Ann arbor police can absolutely arrest a suspect in Detroit or anywhere else in Michigan if that officer has probable cause they committed a crime in their jurisdiction. They can also arrest him in any other place in Michigan if the have a valid arrest warrant. I think it's time you brush up on your Michigan law. And most bank robberies are investigated by the local police not the FBI.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:12 p.m.

Oh and RS, Feds to RS: your locals solve pretty much all of the bank robberies w/o the assistance of the FBI. The only reason they get involved is because of an 1800's law that was enacted to give the responsibility to them for all bank robberies. If a crime is committed that is a violation of local, state, and federal laws, does the FBI &quot;take over&quot; the investigation? No. State and local law enforcement agencies are not subordinate to the FBI, and the FBI does not supervise or take over their investigations. Instead, the investigative resources of the FBI and state and local agencies are often pooled in a common effort to investigate and solve the cases. In fact, many task forces composed of FBI agents and state and local officers have been formed to locate fugitives and to address serious threats like terrorism and street violence. (straight off the FBI FAQ web site)


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

They couldn't have arrested him even if he walked right up to them? Ok...seriously I just snorted out loud from laughing. How do you think multi agency task forces work? Is there still this dukes of hazard belief the cops have to stop at their line? Dag nabbit Enos, we sure will gettum next time...... Sorry folks it doesn't work that way. Cops follow the leads where they take them. AA is absolutely correct, one phone call and that officer assumes the authority of that agency with all powers bestowed upon them and the best way around having to call each agency in metro Detroit is to give one quick call to MSP 2nd district HQ and voila! Guess what? Follow that crook to the mackinaw bridge if need be.


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

@rs--you are right city council just wants AAPD to monitor the cross walks and idling cars! That's what you are paying for according to the lost council. However, you are wrong that AAPD officers can't go to Detroit. they can go anywhere in the state and all it takes is phone call to Detroit to say they are there and they have the full powers of DPD. And the FBI doesn't investigate every bank robbery that is up to the local cops. Learn the facts before you post


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 5:19 p.m.

@ra-good question. I wish there was more in-depth reporting at A2.Com. That question needs to be answered, what were AAPD cops doing in Detroit? Why couldn't they capture him? Did they ask for assistance if they were trailing him? Why wasn't the FBI informed of his whereabouts? Did the reporter even think to ask Det. Sanford why they were unable to capture him?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:52 p.m.

Ummm, what is this story telling us?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:51 p.m.

&gt;&gt; was charged today with bank robbery and armed robbery, I would assume that a warrant was issued for his arrest. I don't believe he can be charged until court... isn't that what an arraignment is?


Wed, Aug 17, 2011 : 4:38 p.m.

Has he been charged already as the title leads us to believe?