PONTIAC, MI – On Thursday December 10th, 2020, Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Pontiac Substation responded to Genisys Credit Union located at 44400 Woodward Avenue on the report of a bank robbery.
Upon arrival, the bank manager reported a white male subject with multiple tattoos on his head and face had robbed the bank. The subject had showed a teller a note demanding money and was handed $1,356 in US currency. The suspect fled the bank and entered an older model white Chevrolet Avalanche which left northbound on Woodward. Detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. Surveillance video of the incident was reviewed.
Due to the unique tattoos on the suspect’s face, he was identified quickly by detectives as Joshua David Hawley, a 40-year-old resident of the City of Pontiac. It was discovered that Hawley is currently on Parole from the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). He was released from MDOC on December 1st, 2020, which is when his parole supervision began.
Hawley’s vehicle was located in a parking lot of the apartment complex in the City of Pontiac. Surveillance video at the complex showed Hawley entering his apartment shortly after the bank robbery. Contact was made
with Hawley in his apartment and he was taken into custody without incident. The note which was used in the robbery was recovered from Hawley’s pocket.
During interviews, Hawley confessed to the bank robbery and stated he had committed the crime because he owed his drug dealer money. He stated the money, which was not recovered at the scene, had already been given to his dealer to pay off his debt and to purchase additional narcotics.
Hawley has 14 prior felony convictions which include: Larceny in a Building, Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property (1998), Felony Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (1999), Uttering and Publishing (2001), Breaking and Entering (2005), Motor Vehicle Theft, Fraud, Felony Use of a Financial Transaction Device, Uttering and Publishing (2007), Uttering and Publishing (2009), Retail Fraud – 2nd Degree, Larceny in a Building, Retail Fraud – 1st Degree (2017), and Felony Fleeing and Eluding (2018).
Hawley was arraigned on December 12th, 2020, in front of Magistrate Robert J. Morad of 50th District Court on one count of Bank Robbery which carries a Life Felony. He was denied bond. His next court date will be
December 22nd, 2020, at 50th District Court at 1:30pm.