Suspected serial bank robber appears in court

Sylvania, Ohio -- (WTOL, AP) The man police believe is a serial bank robber appeared in front of a judge Friday.

Michael James McPartland, 62, was arraigned Friday morning in Sylvania Municipal Court. Michael McPartland appeared in court Friday to face arraignment on charges of assaulting a police officer and fleeing and eluding. A judge set his bond at 200,000 dollars.

McPartland is suspected in as many as nine bank robberies across the area since September. No charges have been filed against him for the robberies in Toledo, Findlay, Napoleon and Swanton in Ohio and robberies in Michigan in Hillsdale, Adrian, Dundee and Brighton.

A tip from a family member led authorities to McPartland. He was taken into custody Thursday following a chase with police. He was arrested near Lyons, Ohio.

He was first taken to the hospital to have a bad hip checked out, then to the Lucas County jail.

Investigators say they found money and a weapon in his car. They also found clothing he wore during the robberies in his home.

For all the details and live coverage of McPartland's arrest on Thursday, see the report: Serial bank robber in custody.

Who is Michael McPartland?

We pulled his record in Toledo alone. He is no stranger to the law -- sentenced on petty theft, disorderly conduct, menacing, and attempting to commit charges all back in the 90s.

While law enforcement won't comment on the motives behind the robberies, they say he was not suspected by family and acquaintances because he was never extravagant in spending money.

If convicted, the sentence could be a broad range of outcomes because of prior convictions and other factors. Prosecutors say anywhere from 5-20 years is reasonable. Prosecutors are expected to bring bank robbery charges sometime next week.

Posted by LS

Associated Press contributed to this report.