Suspected serial bank robber in custody - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Suspected serial bank robber in custody

Mug shot of McPartland from a previous arrest. Mug shot of McPartland from a previous arrest.
Bank surveillance photo during robbery in Brighton, Michigan. Bank surveillance photo during robbery in Brighton, Michigan.
This home of McPartland in West Toledo is being searched by police. This home of McPartland in West Toledo is being searched by police.
At one point, police say McPartland stopped his car (maroon vehicle pictured above), put it in reverse, and slammed into a patrol car. At one point, police say McPartland stopped his car (maroon vehicle pictured above), put it in reverse, and slammed into a patrol car.

A suspected serial bank robber has been captured by the Lucas County Sheriff's Department after a chase that ended in Fulton County.

Michael James McPartland, 64, of Swanton has been arrested in connection with nine bank robberies in Ohio and Michigan. Police say he lives with his cousin on Claxton St. in Toledo. That's near Bancroft and Reynolds.

Police say they got a tip about who the bank robber was and what kind of car he drove. A deputy saw the car. McPartland reportedly pulled into a driveway and sat for a while. As more police showed up, he fled in a maroon vehicle. A police chase followed, reaching speeds up to 90 mph. The chase went down Central Ave. into Fulton County.

At one point, police say McPartland stopped his car, put it in reverse, and slammed into a patrol car. The chase continued after that, but McPartland's engine blew out. Police surrounded the car with guns, and McPartland was arrested without putting up a fight.

The suspect was apprehended in Lyons, just outside the town of Assumption, Ohio in Fulton County near the Lucas County line. McPartland was taken into custody at gunpoint. He has been taken to a hospital for precautionary care.

Investigators are now at his two residences with search warrants.

We'll have more on this developing story on News 11 and on wtol.com.

Posted by LS

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