Suspect threatened use of anthrax in bank robbery

Posted at 1:48 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-10 12:52:04-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - One person is in custody after threatening to use anthrax during a bank robbery Tuesday.

An official with the Battle Creek Fire Department tells us that the suspect went into the bank and threatened employees saying he had anthrax.  The fire department's hazmat crews responded, but needed testing equipment from the 51st Army National Guard unit at Fort Custer to check out the suspect's vehicle.

The suspect is in custody and expected to be formally arraigned Wednesday.  The powder that the suspect was possessing was determined to be harmless and not anthrax.

The robbery was at the Chase Bank on Hill Brady Road.  The Battle Creek Police and Fire Department closed the intersection of Skyline Drive and Hill Brady Road, but it has since been reopened.