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Man facing federal charges in robberies in Kent, Barry counties

Posted at 12:13 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 12:13:12-05

A man is facing federal charges for allegedly robbing a bank and credit unions in West Michigan over the span of several months.

The first happened last February at the Lake Michigan Credit Union on 44th Street in Wyoming. Court documents allege Gilbert Noel Jr. intimidated the employees inside and took off with $4,645 in cash.

The next incident happened in June at the Lake Michigan Credit Union on 68th Street in Byron Township. Police said he walked into the building, threatened tellers and left with nearly $14,000.

Prosecutors say he also robbed the Chemical Bank in Middleville of nearly $4,000 in November.

Noel is facing two counts of credit union robber and one bank robbery charge. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.