The Michigan man charged in connection with a June 8 bank robbery that shut parts of downtown Stillwater for several hours is now in federal custody, according to the Washington County Attorney’s Office.
David Michael Tyler of Cheboygan, Mich., was scheduled to appear at a Thursday afternoon hearing before 10th Judicial District Judge Tad Jude. But at the start of the hearing, Assistant County Attorney Carrie Lindstrom told Jude that Tyler is in federal custody.
“The feds did take him,” said County Attorney Pete Orput today. “They probably have him up in Sherburne (County) where they keep their prisoners.”
Orput’s office had charged Tyler with second-degree aggravated robbery in connection with the robbery of the US Bank office on Chestnut Street in Stillwater.
A probable cause statement alleges that Tyler approached a US Bank employee, placed a briefcase on the employee’s desk and told him is was an explosive device. The statement said a teller placed more than $3,700 in a backpack, which Tyler grabbed and fled the bank on foot.
Stillwater Police officers and Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Tyler moments later as Tyler was getting into his vehicle parked on Myrtle Street.
Questioned by police, Tyler said he owed $90,000 in child support and felt he had no option but to rob a bank, the statement said. Tyler told investigators he drove to Duluth and Forest Lake looking for a bank to rob before stopping in Stillwater, where he said he spent a week scouting banks, the statement adds.
Tyler also admitted to investigators “he knew he would get busted and that he was ‘gone forever’,” the statement said.
Orput said Tyler faces more severe penalties in federal court than he would have faced in state court. The county’s criminal complaint against Tyler notes that he would have faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.
With Tyler’s case now under federal jurisdiction, Orput said the state charges against Tyler would be dismissed.
“Once the feds take something from us, we dismiss,” he said.