FBI-Led Oakland County Gang Task Force and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Serial Bank Robber
|FBI Detroit March 07, 2014|
Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office, and Michael Bouchard, Oakland County Sheriff, announced the arrest of Jules Bahler, 21 years old, of Brooklyn, New York. Bahler was arrested this morning without incident for robbing the following banks:
- February 29, 2014: Genisys Credit Union, 44400 Woodward, Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan
- March 4, 2014: Bank of America, 41 North Saginaw, Pontiac, Michigan
- March 5, 2014: Chemical Bank,1513 Columbus Avenue, Bay City, Michigan
The arrest is based on a criminal complaint charging Bahler with bank robbery, in violation of Title 18 U.S. Code 2113, and carrying/using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, in violation of Title 18 U.S. Code 924(c).
“Through outstanding teamwork and partnership, all the law enforcement agencies involved came together to take a dangerous individual off the street,” stated Sheriff Bouchard. “I am extremely proud of all the detectives involved.”
The investigation was worked jointly between the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Oakland County Violent Gang Task Force. The Oakland County Violent Gang Task Force is composed of the Bloomfield Township Police Department; Oakland County Sheriff’s Office; Michigan Department of Corrections-Parole; Michigan State Police; U.S. Immigration and Customs-Homeland Security Investigations; and the Waterford Township Police Department.
As a public service, a multi-state digital billboard campaign was used in conjunction with the investigation. The FBI appreciates its partnership with the billboard companies in an effort to combat crime.
The charges in a criminal complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.