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Kalamazoo County Bank Robber Sentenced To Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Matthew Allen Main, 35, of Parchment, Michigan, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Mark Totten announced today.  Main pleaded guilty to robbing the JPMorgan Chase Bank in Kalamazoo in October 2021 and threatening to pull a gun on the teller if she didn’t give him $50,000. Main also admitted to robbing Community Promise Federal Credit Union in Kalamazoo two days later by threatening to set off bombs around the building if two bank tellers didn’t give him $50,000. Main obtained approximately $9,945.33 from the two robberies.

          In imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Jane M. Beckering remarked on the violent nature of the threats to the tellers. In addition to the prison term, Judge Beckering ordered Main to pay $9,945.33 in restitution and a fine of $500, and to serve three years on supervised release following his prison term.

          “These two Kalamazoo bank robberies and threats of violence against the bank employees are unacceptable,” said U.S. Attorney Totten.  “Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, we were able to locate Mr. Main, vindicate the public interest, and deter these sorts of violent robberies in the future.”  

          “Bank robberies are crimes of violence that traumatize the victims, and the FBI is dedicated to seeking justice for those victims,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “This case is a warning to others that if you commit a bank robbery or any other violent crime in Michigan, you will face serious consequences for your unlawful actions. We are grateful for the close working relationship we have with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and are thankful for their partnership during this investigation.”

          The case was investigated by the FBI – Kalamazoo Resident Agency and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay M. West handled the prosecution.


Updated August 31, 2022

Violent Crime