A Macomb Township man the on Hall Road was previously convicted of an almost identical crime in Sterling Heights two years ago.
Frederick J. Huggins, 44, was arraigned via video Thursday in 41A District Court in Shelby Township for felony bank robbery, a charge punishable by up to life in prison.
But this is not the first time Huggins’ has faced such a charge. On Aug. 16, 2010, Huggins was arrested in Sterling Heights after robbing a Bank of America at 36909 Schoenherr.
Witnesses to that robbery told Sterling Heights police that Huggins went straight to the counter that contained the banking slips and started to write on a slip of paper. He then approached the teller with a note that read, “Give me your 100’s and 50’s,” according to the police report.
The teller handed over the cash, which Huggins placed in a grocery bag before fleeing the bank on a bicycle. Huggins later abandoned the bike and fled on foot, followed by Sterling Heights police who captured and arrested him, according to the police report.
Huggins pleaded guilty to a charge of bank robbery in January 2011 and was sentenced to serve two years probation, with the first four months on house arrest and 39 days time-served, according to court documents.
He was still on probation from the 2010 robbery when arrested for the Flagstar robbery on Wednesday.
Huggins allegedly entered the Flagstar around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, passing the teller a note implying he had a gun and ordering an undisclosed amount of money be turned over, according to police. He then fled the scene on a green mountain bike, witnesses told police.
Macomb County sheriff’s deputies arrested Huggins at his home on Thorn Tree Lane in Macomb Township after receiving a tip from someone who was able to identify him from the , Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.