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Police say this is the man who went into a Clare County bank, hinted at having a gun, and ran off with money.

And this isn't his first brush with the law.

Kelly Randall was arrested last night after spending the weekend on the run.

Deputies say a tip lead them to their suspect.

Randall is accused of robbing the Isabella Bank branch in Lake on Friday afternoon.

Deputies say he went into the bank wearing a camouflage mask and sunglasses, and demanded the teller gave him money.

He also said he had a gun.

Over the weekend, a man found the camouflage mask police say Randall wore. It was on the side of Clareola Avenue.

The mask was a clue, but police say it was a solid tip that eventually led them to their suspect.

"Last night our detectives went over to an address in Sears, Michigan, and they interviewed a suspect and from that interview they arrested that person," said Sheriff John Wilson, of the Clare County Sheriff's Department.

The Clare County Sheriff's Department says the man behind the camouflage mask and the armed robbery is Kelly Randall.

"A male had walked in there, insinuated that he had a gun and demanded money."

Today, Kelly Randall stood quietly as he learned his charges.

"He was arraigned today on two counts, one count or armed robbery, and one count of bank robbery," said Clare County Prosecuting Attorney, Michelle Ambrozaitis.

Detectives determined Randall didn't have a gun during the robbery, but he will face one count of armed robbery due to his claims.

"We charged him with armed robbery because the law allows us to charge when an individual implies that they have a weapon, and in this case he did imply he did have a firearm which is where the armed robbery comes from," Ambrozaitis explains.

In court, the prosecutor cited multiple misdemeanors and several failures to appear in court across the state.

He was convicted of a felony for forging documents in Isabella County in 1993.

Four years later, he was convicted of another felony for receiving stolen property in Mecosta County.

"He was also provided with the habitual offender fourth offense notice," said Ambrozaitis.

The prosecutor says the severity of Randall's crime, plus his checkered past, could put him behind bars for a long time.

"Clearly armed robbery is a life offense, so is bank robbery, and the habitual fourth offender notice also comes with it, a life offense notice, so right now at the maximum end he's looking at life in prison."



The Clare County Sheriff tells us the man accused of robbing a Lake bank has been arrested.

Deputies say Kelly Randall walked into the Isabella Bank branch in Lake around 4:00 PM on Friday, implied he had a gun, but never showed one.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

He was taken into custody late Sunday night. Randall was arraigned Monday on two counts of armed robbery and bank robbery. He is also a 4th offense habitual offender. 

The suspect is currently housed at the Clare County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 


Police in Clare County are looking for this man-- they say he robbed a bank this afternoon.

This is a story 9 & 10 News has been following since shortly after police arrived on the scene.

An Isabella Bank branch in Lake was held up just before 4 o'clock this afternoon.

Police say the man told the teller he had a gun in his pocket and demanded money.

"She did as she was told, after he got the money he left and that was about it," explained Clare County Sheriff, John Wilson.

While the suspected robber never showed a gun or hurt anyone, the Clare County Sheriff's Department is still treating this as an armed robbery.

Tonight, they searched the area surrounding the Isabella Bank branch, looking for any clues that would lead them to the suspect.

"It's a white male, he had on a camouflage type hat, he had sunglasses on, a black hoodie, your typical bank robber attire," Wilson described.

The Sheriff says he can be seen leaving in the scene in this get-away car.

"The vehicle is at this time it's believed to be an Aztec. It looks like it might be a wine color or a reddish-maroon type Aztec. It left, headed north, straight north on Lake Station Avenue like it would have been going towards 115.

As their investigation continues, the Sheriff says they are now calling on the public to help out.

"If the public has any information, even a tip. If you have any idea who may be involved, please give us a call."

The Clare County Sheriff's Department can be reached at 989-539-7166.


9&10 News is following breaking news in Clare County tonight -- where police are searching for a bank robber.

The robbery happened Friday afternoon at an Isabella Bank branch in Lake. 

Police say a man walked into the bank wearing a black hoodie and threatened the teller verbally that he had a gun. He demanded the teller to give him money. 

The suspect got away in what police say appeared to be a newer wine-colored SUV, possibly an Aztec. He was last seen heading north on Lake Station Ave.

The suspect is described as wearing blue jeans, black hoodie, a camo stocking hat and sun glasses. 

Police are still investigating. 

9&10's Meredith Barack and photojournalist Jacob Johnson are at the scene and will have more details tonight on 9&10 News at 11:00.

If you have any information about this suspect, please contact Clare County Sheriff's Office at 989-539-7166.