Man pleads guilty to Valentine's Day bank robbery in Highland

News-DemocratMarch 14, 2014 

A Michigan man pleaded guilty Friday to an indictment charging him with robbing more than $25,000 from a Highland bank.

Ramsey Z. Fakhouri, 22, Troy, Mich., was indicted last month by a federal grand jury accusing him and another man, Alexander P. Gerth, 18, of Concord, Mich., with holding up a Highland bank employee on Valentine's Day outside Bradford National Bank, located at 1100 Mercantile Drive.

Documents filed with the court reveal that Fakhouri and Gerth traveled from Michigan to Highland, where Gerth, armed with an air gun that looked like a real firearm, robbed the bank employee when she was about to put cash into the bank's ATM. The total amount stolen was $25,780, charges state.

Gerth then ran to the Woodcrest Shopping Center, where Fakhouri was waiting in a get-away vehicle, a blue Ford Mustang, according to investigators.

Fakhouri was arrested when he returned to the Highland Police Department, claiming that images he had seen in the media, which looked like Fakhouri, were not of him. However, upon questioning by the police, Fakhouri admitted that he was one of the perpetrators, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

Sentencing for Fakhouri is scheduled for July 11.

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