Garden City man who threatened to kill at Rochester Hills bank arrested, charged: Sheriff

“I am sure it is a relief to those in the bank that day that were scared to death..."
Ali Hussein Farhat
Ali Hussein Farhat. Photo credit Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) -- A Garden City man who said he was prepared to kill if an Oakland County bank teller didn't give up the cash has been identified, arrested and charged, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Ali Hussein Farhat, 33, was ordered held on a $250,000 cash bond at his arraignment on armed robbery and bank robbery charges in 52-3 Division District Court on Thursday.

According to investigators, Farhat — dressed in black and wearing a Detroit Lions cap — walked into the Chase Bank branch on the corner of Adams Rd. and Walton Blvd. at around 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 31, and announced a robbery.

The sheriff's office said Farhat passed the teller a handwritten note stating "people would die" unless the teller placed large bills into an envelope quickly without alerting anyone. Farhat implied he had a weapon, officials said, although no gun was seen.

Farhat then ran from the bank, getting into a black 2009 Chevy Avalanche that was later identified on surveillance videos.

Upon further investigation, detectives discovered the truck was being offered for sale on social media a few days later.

Detectives contacted the seller, went for a test drive, and were able to identify the seller as the suspect in the robbery, officials said. A BB gun that looked like a real gun was among the items recovered in a search of the vehicle and Farhat’s home.

Farhat was arrested Tuesday at a Garden City gas station by members of the OCSO Fugitive Apprehension Team, working with detectives and the Sheriff’s Auto Theft Unit.

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“I'm proud of our team and the work they did to track down this bank robber,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard said, in a statement. “I am sure it is a relief to those in the bank that day that were scared to death during the robbery. He is now off the street and will be held accountable.”

He faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.