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Posted on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 10:42 a.m.

Man accused of robbing Ann Arbor bank held on $500,000 bond

By Lee Higgins

A man who Ann Arbor police say robbed a bank Monday and led officers on a chase is being held on $500,000 bond, police said.

Kye W. Abraham, 32, of Stockbridge, was arraigned Wednesday at the University of Michigan Hospital on charges of bank robbery, fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing officers and felonious assault with a motor vehicle.

Abraham is accused of robbing the TCF Bank branch at 125 Briarwood Circle, then leaving on a bicycle.

Police say he rode the bicycle into the Briarwood Mall parking lot after the 5 p.m. robbery and loaded it onto a pickup truck.

A woman in the mall's parking lot was suspicious of him and called 911. She followed the truck until police caught up with it on Jackson Road near I-94, police said. 

Investigators say Abraham refused to pull over.

Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies put down spike strips, bringing the truck to a stop on Parker Road near I-94 on the border of Scio and Lima Townships, police said. Abraham was apprehended 30 to 40 minutes after the robbery, police said.

Investigators said he was not injured in the chase, and his hospitalization is not related.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 17.



Sat, Mar 13, 2010 : 12:31 a.m.

WXYZ 7 News has the story and a video. He was pursued and apprehended by a K-9 Officer and his dog as he attempted to flee from the officer after bailing from a truck that he had been driving at speeds of approx 100 MPH while in the city of Ann Arbor. He had placed many motorists and pedestrians in grave danger as he attempted to flee and elude capture by the ensuing police officer/officer's. Just a wild guess, but I would imagine that the injuries that he sustained and his subsequent hospitalization had something to do with his capture by the police and the K-9. HA HA!!!!! Too Bad....How Sad!

henry lockwood

Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 7:51 p.m.

I worked with kye abraham at sweepster-harley inc. at 2880 n.zeeb rd for 2 years and.Iam very shocked that this happened. didn't seem the type of person to do this.And very skocked at my employer for not doing very good background checks.


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 4:34 p.m.

i'd like to see a picture of this man - robbing a bank is a felony! it always seem that has a picture of young black men in every article(there is a picture in the 'pop bottle bomber'-- lets show all of the accused to the public so we can be aware of who is doing the crime in our communities. Fair is fair, don't you think?


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 2:43 p.m.

dading - What didn't YOU understand in my comment? There was nothing I didn't understand, but I thought it was strange reading he was arraigned at U of M without note in that sentence (or even paragraph) that he was currently hospitalized there. I thought it was an error until I finished the article to see the last line. I still think it could have been made clearer.


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 10:44 a.m.

...I was told that the reporting witness thought it was suspicious the suspect was riding his bicycle and money was falling from under his shirt or jacket. That, and his throwing the bike into the bed of the pick-up truck. Great job by the reportee!


Fri, Mar 12, 2010 : 9:54 a.m.

>>A woman in the mall's parking lot was suspicious of him and called 911 From the story a guy rides his bike across a parking lot and puts it in his truck in Ann Arbor. How exactly is this suspicious? Did she see him tear off from the bank or something else that was odd? Journalism please. I hope this doesn't set off a wave of busy body vigilantes pestering 911 or following people around when they see anything "suspicious". @djm... the handicapped spots are almost always taken by people who appear to not be handicapped in any way. You've seen them, I've seen them. You're wondering, what is it about them that requires the handicapped permit? Sure 20% of the individuals I've seen appear to be in need of the designation but the majority appear to be abusing it. Perhaps the abusers are overweight and dont really want to walk but then again 60% of the US is overweight, probably moreso in the midwest. If they parked in the back of the lot maybe thier obesity condition would ease which they appear to be afflicted with. My wife has difficulty with mobility and we pull up in the fire lane because its the only convinient way to get an effective "handicapped" spot for very short visits. I've seen the other fire lane abusers, they are typically overweight/lazy and simply camp there. Someone, usually me, stays in the car and waits and makes sure it it is out of everyones way trying to navigate/walk/park. Until the state/city finds an effective way to stop handicapped permit abuse by the true lazy (using thier moms permit or someone else who somehow qualified) and abusing the handicapped spots we'll be relegated to the fire lane for quick stops (prescriptions, few items, etc).

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 4:41 p.m.

@malorie, what don't you understand? last statement says, "...he was not injured in the chase, and his hospitalization is not related." not related to the chase...doesn't say a word that he didn't bump his head on the car roof getting in the back seat of the that time the 'chase' was over. -dading!


Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 3:53 p.m.

I went to school with this guy.I cant believe he would do such a thing.


Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 3:44 p.m.

The article does not make it clear that this guy is currently hospitalized and needed to be arraigned at the hospital. Anyone with half a brain could conclude this if they read the entire article and pay attention to the words, but the two statements (one at the beginning, one at the very end) should be organized better to make this clear.


Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 2:54 p.m.

@afs...So the driver and police cars chasing him was driving through the Kroger parking lot? Amazing that the cars could make it through due to all of the lazy people that pull up in the fire lane and wait for their passengers to shop...


Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 2:28 p.m.

I can only conclude that this is the chase I witnessed while coming out of the Maple Rd Kroger on Monday..I can't believe that someone wasn't seriously injured or killed as the pickup (and then police car) barreled through all the cross walks and stop signs as people (including myself with 3 year old twins) were trying to exit/enter the store.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Mar 11, 2010 : 12:37 p.m.