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      Bank robbed in Chocolay Township

      Update: 10:15 a.m.

      The Chocolay Township Police Department began questioning occupants of a vehicle that allegedly took part in the armed bank robbery on Wednesday.

      Update: 10:10 p.m.

      No arrests have been made. Police are still looking for the suspect. There has also been no sign of the blue Ford pickup truck that may have been involved in the robbery.


      The Northern Michigan Bank and Trust was robbed at gunpoint at around 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

      The police conducted a thorough investigation of the incident, bringing in a Department of Natural Resources plane to search from the sky, while a K-9 unit searched the woods along with police officers and FBI agents.

      The lone gunman suspected of the robbery was a white male, clean cut, slightly over six feet tall, around 200 pounds, and had dark brown hair. He was also carrying a black shoulder bag.

      Police say the suspect was not wearing a mask. Two female bank employees were working at the time of the robbery, and neither of them were harmed.

      The suspect demanded money, with no word on how much he got away with.

      Authorities say the suspect fled on foot, heading north from the bank.

      Northern Michigan Bank and Trust is located in a strip mall next to Anytime Fitness and McDonald's along M-28, just east of the US-41 intersection.

      Officials are taking safety precautions in that area.

      "We have alerted the local businesses here, and we've been checking with them as far as who has video available and what we might capture there," said Chocolay Township Sergeant Scott Jennings. "We also requested that the local schools be locked down until either a sufficient amount of time passes, and we can make a determination of where we think this individual might be."

      It's not known if the suspect is still on foot or if a vehicle is involved. Police are currently pursuing a vehicle that could be involved in the incident. The vehicle the suspect might be driving is a blue Ford pickup truck pulling a white fifth wheel camper with maroon stripes.

      If you have any information concerning the incident, please contact the police at 911.


      Update: 2:58 p.m.

      There is a Department of Natural Resources plane in the air to help search for the suspect. Police are searching the woods north of the bank.

      The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also at the scene.

      Cherry Creek School is in safe and secure mode. The doors are locked and a police officer is inside the school, but operations are continuing as normal. The students will be released at the normal time.

      The suspect is described as a Caucasian male with straight, parted hair, wearing dark rimmed glasses. He is in his mid-30s to early 40s and around 200 pounds. He was not wearing a mask at the time of the robbery, but had a black shoulder bag.


      The Northern Michigan Bank and Trust was reportedly robbed on Wednesday afternoon around 1:20 p.m., according to the Michigan State Police.

      Authorities say there was one person involved using a handgun. The suspect, believed to be male, left the bank on foot. It is unclear whether or not a vehicle was involved.

      The Michigan State Police have a K-9 unit involved in the search. Patrols are on the roads looking for the suspect.

      The Marquette County Sheriff, Marquette City Police and Chocolay Township Police are assisting.

      We will post updated information as it comes in.