DETROIT– A 49-year-old man and convicted felon was arraigned today in federal court in Detroit on charges stemming from a bank robbery in Ypsilanti.
Arraigned was Ken Kenyatta Wilson, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio.
According to court records, on March 23, 2021, at approximately 1:22 p.m., Wilson, wearing a gray coat and black pants and carrying a white bag, entered a Chase Bank branch, located at 4101 E. Ellsworth Road in Ypsilanti, Michigan, approached a victim teller, informed her this was a robbery, and demanded that she give him all the money she had. The teller, fearing for her safety, handed Wilson $1,000 in currency. Wilson then fled the bank and entered a red vehicle. Wilson, upon seeing a Pittsfield Township police vehicle, fled the area at a high rate of speed. A vehicle pursuit followed at speeds approaching 100 mph. The chase eventually came to an end with Wilson crashing into a median on US-23 North, causing him to be ejected from the vehicle.
Wilson was taken into custody by Pittsfield Township Police Department officers and transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. From the crash scene and vehicle, officers recovered a black semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, a silver revolver, a rifle, multiple loaded magazines, and a bag containing $1,000, consistent with the reported loss from Chase Bank, among other items.
If convicted, Wilson faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for bank robbery, a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison for carrying and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.